New Years Day, 2020 is a time for change.

This year you should do all the things you said you’d do last year, but found reasons not to do them. Take dieting, this year I’ll actually get there. I know the “Dad-bod” is in, but for me, it’s just not my thing. That, however, is an entirely different story.

This year we look at some of the upcoming bands and great things we’ve got going for ourselves. For example, in 2019 Revolution-X released their video for “Zoltan”. And what a video it is. Stay tuned to Music Speaks Magazine for more on what to expect in 2020.

In 2019 we saw the rise and fall of promoters, labels, super groups, and old stars. I suppose the loss of the older, wiser, musicians is the hardest part about each new year. We look back and realize how much we’ve truly lost.

Sometimes even the coincidental tragedies of those losses is not missed. On 5 April 2019 Shawn Smith, a long-time singer-songwriter in the Seattle music scene, died at age 53 due to complications from diabetes. Mostly known for his time with the bands Brad, Pigeonhead and Satchel, and several others. In a strange coincidence, fellow Seattle luminaries Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) died on the same date in 1994 and 2002, respectively.

I think it is important for us to remember these little things when we’re looking back in an attempt to plan for our futures. In music, just as in life, nothing is a guarantee. You work hard, play hard, do the thing, shake the hand, tip the hat, but at the end of the day you are still just you. Some musicians tend to forget that, allowing their egos to step through the door instead of themselves. In 2020, I urge you all to take a step forward with yourselves. Play the small acoustic show for 5 people for free, show up to a house party and play a tune for some kids who dream of one day sharing a stage with you, stand up for what you believe, speak up for those that cannot do it for themselves, be humble, modest, and always thank your fans. Tipping your bartenders doesn’t hurt either.

Too often do new years resolutions begin with good intentions, and end with great excuses. So, this year, let’s work on this together. Let us leave the world a better place than when we arrived. Let us stop the divide that’s causing us to form barriers between our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and fans. I do my best to live by a simple rule; Live, and let live. We all hail from different genres of life. You may be Metal, Pop, or even a little bit Country. And that’s okay because we’re in this together. The music industry is a rough one to be a part of and we, you, the fans and musicians are what keeps it together. We are a family of sorts. Dysfunctional as hell, but a family none the less. I hope to see all of you, my extended family at every show this year. If you see us, we want to meet you, shake your hand, and even get a photo together. Keep on rockin’!

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