The Music That You Love!”

Playing music outside in the colder months here in Jax.  

Yes, we do live in Florida. But, it's NE Florida. It does get cold here and it can be cold and rainy at the same time on gig day! Coming from NW Virginia it's pretty much unheard of to play outside from mid October to mid April. Though I do remember playing a rally for the late Democratic US Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr on the Berryville, VA courthouse steps in early November, 1976....In A VERY Heavy Coat! Ahhhh youth. It's wasted on the young! Here in Jacksonville, FL playing outside in the Winter months can be challenging. Our weather is very "Fall Like" from November through March by Mid Atlantic standards. And this leads to booking bands/Duos/Singles outdoors on an establishments patio or deck year round. Summer has lots of Sweltering Rain Outs that you mostly need to cancel. (Lightning and water do not bode well for the musician plugged into an electrical outlet!) In Winter when it may dip down into the lower 50's, 40's or even lower it's a different matter. No rain and customers willing to sit out side (Usually near a Dyna Glo Heater) and YOU PLAY!  Here's some helpful hints for performers playing outside during the late Fall and Winter months in NE Florida (mostly common sense).

Number 1. Layer your clothing. You'll be surprised how warm you'll get playing an acoustic instrument for an hour straight. You can always take a layer of clothes off to become more comfortable.

Number 2. Bring a lined coat or jacket for in between sets. You'll be surprised how quickly you'll cool down.

Number 3. WEAR A HAT! Half of your body heat escapes through your noggin! 

Number 4. Don't complain! Be grateful that you have a gig and are playing. A lot of your musician friends are home wishing that they were playing.

Thanks Y'all. See you tomorrow at the South Kitchen and Spirits in Avondale Jacksonville, FL

 

WOW! A nice run continues. 

Diana and I started our acoustic music Duo with a simple conversation just after New Year 2019. I was pretty much over playing with 3/4/5 piece "club bands" that put their HOBBIES before, what I consider, my continuing career in music. And honestly, arriving home at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning was just not appealing to me anymore. Then by autumn what was becoming a serious musical endeavor is now pretty damn much what we both do everyday! 10 paid gigs in 34 days and looking at 9 more in the next 36 days with more calls coming for new gigs every week is more than we could have ever hoped for this past January. We both work very hard "mining" our musical connections, developing our material and working on Diana's amazing original songs. We are both enjoying the moment and are EXTREMELY GRATEFUL for this opportunity. We have more gigs after the Christmas holiday and are looking forward to a prosperous 2020 for the Silk and Steel Duo and for all of our friends! Now off to Red's Wine Bar in Green Cove Springs, FL for another great evening of playing music. See 'ya!

Diana Walker 

9/28/2019

Nothing can better communicate the way that I feel about my music partner, my life partner, my EVERYTHING Diana Walker better that the first two verses and chorus of The Rembrandts' 1991 hit Someone from their self titled first album.

"We've been together now for such a long time  Through every trial we'd ever care to go  When I look back I almost can't believe it   We're not the same people that we used to know"

"With all the years behind me spent pretending   I didn't need someone like you around   It makes it even harder to imagine   The life I'd livin', if I hadn't found"

SOMEONE TO HOLD ME, THE WAY THAT YOU DO

SOMEONE WHO NEEDS ME THE WAY I NEED YOU

SOMEONE TO SHOW ME A WAY THAT IS TRUE 

SOME ONE TO LOVE ME....THE WAY THAT I LOVE YOU

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Always looking forward to new horizons 

Diana and I are always looking forward to new horizons. We are looking into expanding our musical reach from local to a regional act. We are both road warriors (a move across country TWICE.....gotta' Snickers, this will take awhile LOL!) Its been a long and fruitful day. Another gig for September in the books, an Artist/Song section in the website and now time for a well deserved libation! See you on the road!

Professionalism 

I can't say enough about how important professionalism is in the music business. The way you present yourself and your band, your comportment, your equipment, what you wear... it goes on and on. After (and this is amazing for me to say) a half century in this business I feel that I'm qualified to speak on this subject.

  • Check out your prospective venues first. Don't assume that your style of music fits the needs of the venue and their clientele (If they love singer/songwriter music don't approach them with your metal band.)
  • Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but don't expect to piggyback off others' successes. (Do your own due diligence)
  • Be your own artist. (Be true to what you do artistically. You don't have to do/play at/dress like/something or someone else because they do)
  • What you wear/the clothes you choose to perform in. (This is a real stickler for me) If you play classy gigs or even a casual classy gig. Dress the part. Don't look like a street person when the crowd is dressy casual. (Come on guys....how many people want to see your hairy underarms in a sleeveless tee or your big ugly toes in those beat up sandals!)
  • Adjust your volume to suit the room and audience. I LOVE to rock out but that's not always the best case. 
  • Always communicate with the club manager or person that hired you. They are the boss. Please them and you'll be back.

That's all for now. 9/22/19........any other thoughts? 

Day one of our new website! 

9/21/19

              Day one is coming on the heels of an AWESOME evening at Red's Wine bar in historic Green Cove Springs, FL. Diana and I are in recovery mode..LOL! I'm working on web content and sipping coffee. We've talked about the duo's general direction, new material to work on, and how much both of us LOVE playing music together! These are wonderful times!

 

 

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