The Official Blog Of The Glam Slam Big Haired Bad Boys Out Of Omaha, NE, 3D In Your Face

Friday, January 27, 2017

15 minutes isn't just 15 minutes anymore.

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official Blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  Time to hit the dusty for a little adventure on the road.  We would like to thank everyone that came out to support our first hometown show of 2017 last week at The 21st Saloon.  We had a blast and it was fantastic seeing all your smiling faces.  Welcome to the party.  Tonight we head off to Broken Bow, NE for a Midnight Devils debut at Sylvester's Bar.  A few years back 3D In Your Face use to frequent this fantastic small town bar and now it's time to rekindle that flame.  If I only could remember the wild times we used to have I might have an interesting book someday.  Saturday we cruise back across the state to Plattsmouth, NE for a very special acoustic show at DC's Waterhole.  I say this every time we head back to DC's, but this bar was one of very first stops on the very first tours The Midnight Devils ever did.  They gave us a chance and we've made it a point to come back on every run since we started.  You know it's going to be one of those kind of nights.  Don't forget to listen to my radio show Saturday night also called HAIR IN THE AIR on 101.9 The Keg.  Just between you and I, there might be a big announcement coming up regarding my radio show.  It's all good news.  Just because I love you for being amazing wonderful people I will give you a big concert announcement as well.  3D In Your Face has been asked to come back to JD's in Kearney, NE for Cruise Night on July 15th.  You want fun?  We bring the fun.  Get ready for a great summer.

I've got a very inspirational blog for you today.  I wanted to write about something that I have been trying to work on in The Midnight Devils and 3D In Your Face.  I've had the pleasure of taking some great advice about motivation and staying inspired.  This is a tough lesson that I think I go through everyday.  What am I going to do today that is going to forward my progress or the progress of the band?  What can I accomplish today that is going to get me to the next level?  It's not all about the big things like booking shows or making contacts.  The small things add up to make the big things even better.  Today I started a great partnership with an apparel company in Omaha that is hopefully going to be creating all the new Midnight Devils and 3D In Your Face merchandise.  We had an amazing rehearsal this evening and we added a song or two to our set list.  I feel confident that this weekend is going to be great from a musical standpoint.  The hardest part for me is that sometimes I let my emotions dictate my actions.  I let the thoughts running through my head get in the way of accomplishing the work that needs to be done.  As a human being it's almost impossible to not let your emotions get the best of you.  The trick realizing it's happening and how to pull ourselves out?  To overcome the fact that our minds are telling us it would be easier to give up and do nothing than to put in the effort needed to accomplish our goals.

I'm not saying all of this because I am giving you some important life direction.  I am merely getting it out in the open to remind myself that failure isn't an option.  The dream begins and ends right here.  If we aren't out there pushing ourselves on the road or in the rehearsal room than we aren't progressing to the next level.  If one club doesn't respond back to our booking messages than there are 20 other clubs that we will message.  One might bite and we will bust our asses putting on a hell of a performance for the club that actually took a chance on us.  It's the commitment on our part not to do anything halfway.  That all starts the second I wake up and my brain says roll back over you can get 15 more minutes of sleep.  It's so easy to take that road but today I have to mail CD's and t-shirts across the state, teach guitar lessons, send out 5 booking emails, rehearse, learn lyrics, and rent a van.  Not even complaining a little because I know exactly what I signed up for and I love every minute of it.  The hardest part is reconditioning your brain to think that there are a million amazing reason to wake up in the morning.  There are chances, victories, and opportunities that might pass you by if you let your emotions get the best of you.  Break the cycle and go get that thing that makes you happy, even if everyone else is telling you it's impossible.  Don't let it slip away because you didn't give it everything you had.


Sam Spade

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Reach For The Stars Because You Only Get One Shot

Hello everybody and welcome to HAIR IN THE AIR, The Official blog of 3D In Your Face and The Midnight Devils.  We started out our first weekend of 2017 on the road in pure unapologetic rock n roll fashion.  Three guys, a van full of speakers, and a few cities that needed a dose of glam fueled boogie woogie rock n roll.  Huge thank you to everyone in Columbus, NE at Micek's Bar.  Every time we go there I wonder how you are going to top yourself and you always do.  Also thank you to the great people of Valley, NE and the Spruce Street Tavern for all your hospitality.  This week we kick things off with a hometown show Friday, Jan. 20th at The 21st Saloon.  Please help us spread the word about this show.  We want to pack the place and show Omaha, our hometown we can throw one hell of a rock n roll party.  As it sits right now there will be no show on Saturday but that doesn't mean you still can't have a good time.  Be sure and tune in to my radio show also called Hair In The Air, Saturday night at 11pm CST on 101.9 The Keg.

If you are just joining us or missed the huge announcement 3D In Your Face is honored to be apart of Rocklahoma 2017.  We will be traveling to Pryor, Ok again this year over the Memorial Day weekend for one of the biggest three day festivals in the country.  It's very hard to describe how amazing this show is.  This is  something you must experience at least once in your life.

Sorry for the lack of blog last week.  Unfortunately right after New Years I came down with a flu that knocked me out for about a week.  Luckily "The Sickness" was during the tour break and we didn't have to fight that battle on stage.  This is that time of year especially for those of us in the Midwest that it can get a bit tough.  The weather is terrible, the nights are cold, and there just isn't a whole lot you can do about it.  What I'm saying is that it's easy to get dragged down into your mind.  The trick is to know the signs and fight through them.  To keep pushing forward when everything around says stop.  It'd be easier to sit at home and not stress about the road, the band, and the shows.  I know the moment that I even think about that option it's over.  I say this on stage every night but we do the best when we stay out on the road playing shows.  It gets in your blood and you crave it.  I love travelling.  I love meeting new people and I love seeing faces that I haven't seen in months.  Being a traveling musician is a blessing and I treat it as that.  It's not easy and don't let anyone ever tell you that it is.  We fight for every inch we get but we also love every minute of the journey.

I'm not immune to getting down or depressed.  I'm not immune to the stress of day to day life.  I struggle with it just like everyone else.  What I have is an outlet and I have two of my best friends on the same journey as me.  It seems like no matter how bad things look as soon as we close up those van doors and get out on the highway the problems and the tension seem to melt away into laughter.  It's all in how you deal with it.  Solution oriented problem solving is a new skill I am learning on this tour along with team building and leadership.  When problems arise, and they always will, how are you going to fix them?  How are you going to overcome?  At the end of the day are you going to be sweaty, tired, and exhausted because you gave it everything you've got?  That's the sign that you know you are doing it right and on the right path.  I did a blog a few months back about taking the step out into dark waters with The Midnight Devils.  We took the step now it's time to tread water and make this thing float.  I've something to prove more to myself than to anybody else.  Reach for the stars because you only get one shot.