A New Year.....

What does one do with a blog? Seeings how I haven't written anything here since December of 2018, I reckon I ought to start, because as they say, it's never too late. I love singing for people, and have found that when I am performing, it is one of the times in my life that I can honestly say I am happy. So with that said, it would seem to most, that booking gigs (getting music jobs) would be an easy task but no. The truth of the matter is the one thing I dislike doing more than pickles and beets is soliciting myself. When I get into that mode though, I find it a fairly easy task, to call and/or email various venues. But lately I've just not been able to do it. My plan right now, is to begin booking myself for the Spring/Summer/Fall seasons this coming Monday, and I am hoping that by actually writing this down for someone else to see, it will give me the incentive to actually pick up the phone.

What is new in my musical world? First off, my alter ego Joe Lake has a few new tricks up his proverbial Merlyn sleeve.

Dane Deford and Joe Lake have begun a new musical duo called Under Cover, and we've been working very hard toward our first performance which will be coming up on April 24th at the Ironbark Brewery (2610 Kibby Rd, Jackson, MI. 49203). Under Cover is going to be playing songs you all know and love, in our own unique way. We are both really looking forward to this event, and are excited to have such a wonderful place to hold our first gig at. Great stage! We sincerely hoping you can make it out and make our first show one to remember.

There is something else, something that I've wanted to do since I started singing as a boy, but had never had the opportunity until now. It's funny, I have had so much in my life. I've been given so many chances, and I've toyed with the beautiful things that were presented freely to me, only to discard them like they were nothing. I guess what I'm trying to say is, I just wasn't ready yet, to do what I really wanted, really needed, to do. But now, I have the chance, and I'm ready. I am putting together a second duo, with the lovely and talented vocalist Rielle Rose. This is going to be something special for me folks, so I am asking my friends to please support us when we start performing. I honestly don't think you'll regret it. I have a name for us, but haven't shared it with her yet, so I wont say anything here, because our musical union, much like Under Cover, is a team effort, with no one person calling the shots. I like that. 

So, it's a new year. Did you make any resolutions? I made 2, and they are simple. 1. Take better care of my physical, mental and spiritual self, and 2. cut the drama from my life. So far, so good. 

I honestly hope to sing for the rest of my life on this planet, and you people help me do that by coming to my gigs! If there are any places that you would like me to bring my show to that's in, or relatively close to Michigan, please drop me a line and let me know. I will do my best to come to you. 

I will try and write more here, even if only one person reads my words, or hears my songs, ya know, it makes it all worth while for me. 


Peace and Love to you all in this New Year.