I really do see the world through Rose Colored Glasses. It can be a good quality to have, but yet at times it doesn’t serve me well. I tend to think that everyone is lovely and loves me and has my best interest at heart. Every once in a while I have to be reminded that the world can be a beautiful place, but that I have to take those glasses off and see the real world at times.
Case in point. Last year I had some unfortunate things happen in my life surrounding my music career. I fell into the hands of the BIG BAD MUSIC BUSINESS. It took me, used me, chewed me up and spit me out. A terribly corrupt business that I want no part of. I almost sold my soul to the devil himself.
I was unable to see the signs that were right in front of me because of those little glasses that I wear, but I am proud that I had the strength to take them off and see the situation for what it was. I had to go through some mental anguish that almost ruined me, but I rose above it. I have no regrets.
Through it all I learned some pretty valuable things about myself and my life. I learned what is really important in my life. That being an artist doesn’t mean losing yourself in the process. I learned that being a success in music doesn’t mean flying across the country and cutting a jazz record. It doesn’t mean getting a thousand likes on your FACEBOOK FAN PAGE. What it does mean is that when I open my mouth and use the blessed gift that I was given, if I make one person smile or feel good, THAT is Success. Success is being blessed that I get to perform a lot! It’s NOT about money. It’s about freedom. It’s about not compromising my vision and musical dreams. If it’s not fun then I want no part of it.
When my husband saw that I wanted so badly to live my vision, and finding players that wanted to do more than just show up at a gig was nearly impossible, he stepped up to the plate and began learning my songs. He then found that he enjoyed the music and that together we are magic. Together we have a sweet style that is heartwarming and people respond to. He is behind my music choices because he knows that when I choose a song that moves my spirit and speaks to my soul, I sing with passion and emotion. He is now the catalyst for my dream. He has fallen into my little retro world and we are out playing music and celebrating life. I am living my musical vision for myself as a RETRO GIRL and now I have a retro guy by my side. We walk into the coolest places and just play our music and there is joy. The PERKS are REALLY good too!
Our act is called DebraLee Darling and her BRAD HABIT! We have been doing some amateur recordings that show our realness. I think transparency is important. I love the music stripped down to it’s most basic and organic form so that you can hear the vocals. I don’t profess to be a perfect singer, I am far from it. Someone once said to me that they loved my voice because it didn’t sound trained and that it had pizzazz and character. That the subtle imperfections made it sound real and unique. That if they closed their eyes they felt as though they had stepped back in time. I found that to be a great compliment. Sometimes I think people feel they have to be perfect because of all of the over production and vocal enhancements and pitch adjustments in records these days. It’s not at all necessary to spend money (especially if you don’t have it) on pro recordings to get yourself out there when YouTube is where it’s at. No one ever asks me for a CD anymore they say, “Do you have and of your performances up on YOU TUBE?”
YOU TUBE is where people are being discovered. It’s where they audition now. We will be putting up a video from some of our performances and soon I will have recordings that will be available for free. My gift to whoever wants to listen.
If you did not come from my website please visit www.DebraLeeDarling.com to learn more, hear a recording, see a video.
I Will continue being that girl who looks through the rose colored glasses. I enjoy my life and I am perfectly comfortable in my retro skin. I will take them off and brace myself as I see what the rest of the world sees…well maybe just for a minute anyway.
HAVE A ROSY DAY!!!!!