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This time!  

First, I have to say thanks for the support on my current (and debut) solo single, The only thing I hate is you. Likes, posts, shares, and purchases... It means everything to any musical artist working today, trust me. A little love goes a long way to those of us who are compelled beyond logic to create music. 

Now, the exciting news coming up for May 2018 - yes, you guessed it, another song release. This is something I am ridiculously excited about, because I feel it's probably my favourite and most relatable songs I've written. I probably say that a lot, but for me, THIS TIME is just... special and intimately personal. Lyrically, it's about the apprehension of trying to trust again after a painful betrayal. It’s a “pretty” acoustic song, with some nifty guitar harmonies and a real "retro" vibe. Check out the unmastered video teaser clip and don't hesitate to subscribe to my Youtube channel while you're at it, leave a comment, click like and share too! 😁

The guest vocalist is V from Creeping Beauty. We've been working together for a long time, and I just knew she would totally "get it", and I was right. I hope you love the song as much as we do! 

I don't want to get too far ahead of myself here, but the plan is for the next few follow up singles to be full-band rock songs. Think "Cheap Trick meets Lynyrd Skynyrd meets classic Van Halen"... for lack of a better description. 

Rock and/or Roll! 

Darren

Life is a dirt road?  

An interesting thing happened when I played one of my new songs for a few close friends. I was met with smiles, nods, thumbs up…. and raised eyebrows with a question or comment implying I’ve taken an entirely different musical direction. 

This really got me thinking. What is my musical direction? My objective - to write the best songs I can - hasn’t really changed in all the years I’ve been making music

So in truth, whether it’s a hard rock or horropunk song, or my new tune that borders on an acoustic country sound, the direction is the same… I guess I’m currently enjoying the scenic route. I hope you’ll ride shotgun with me, cause it’s gonna be a hell of an adventure! (No we're not stopping to ask directions) 

New song The only thing I hate is you will be officially available March 27/2018 :) 

4 things in the music world we should stop saying: 

Here are a handful of commonly used terms that don't sit well with me when used to describe music or musicians. What are your thoughts? What popular sayings grind your gears? :) 

Best Ever: 

I imagine this buzz phrase started on some ridiculous click-bait site and has made its way into popular music culture. But to be clear, it has no place and no meaning in music. When did music become a competitive sport? Search YouTube and you’ll find insane numbers of videos with titles like “best ever guitar solo”, or “best ever lyrics”. 

A song may be your favourite, but there is no accurate unit of measurement to definitively say it’s the “Best Ever”.  

Female-fronted: 

Ok, I’m guilty here. As a member of a band that is in fact female-fronted, I have occasionally used the hashtag on Instagram, and I died a little each time. Unless we start saying “male-fronted” or “featuring a male drummer”, then STOP. IT. 

The Canadian Beatles: 

I use the Beatles as an obvious reference, and Canada because that’s where I’m from, but replace any band with any country and you get the idea. My gripe here is that Canadian artists don’t need to be a version of an already successful group from somewhere else, and vice versa. It’s lazy marketing and we’re not naive enough to fall for it anymore. After all, we’ve been promised the next Beatles SINCE the Beatles, and it’s never happened, has it?  

The female Beatles: 

Same deal here. “She’s like a female Meatloaf!” 

Seriously? NO. She does not need to be compared as a female, to a male, to be validated as an artist. When people say stupid things like this I want to get the spray bottle and squirt them until they correct their behaviour. 

Acoustical musings  

We often hear songwriters say, if a song is good, it can be played on an acoustic guitar. While I think there may be some exceptions, I do believe there is some truth to the saying. 

I didn't even own an acoustic guitar until relatively recently. Over the past year I've been writing and performing with my beautiful new SEAGULL Amber Trail Mini Jumbo - far more than I'd ever expected to. Amazing guitar, made in Canada - check them out! It's been an educational experience, and a very different approach and challenge for a rock guitarist and songwriter. 

The live performances have been with a stripped down version of Creeping Beauty - featuring lead vocalist V, and myself. We have also been demoing a few tracks that way too. Live, we play a few originals, and a whole lot of cover songs that probably should not be played on acoustic guitar. I guess I'm determined to test the above theory! 

The latest songs I've written and recorded are acoustic versions of tracks for my first "SOLO" release... coming soon. Killer vocal contributions so far are from Mitch Foster, and V. 

I will keep posting various clips and links on the site, so check back often, and let me know what you think! 

ROCK and/or ROLL! 

DMB

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