It’s been a while since I wrote here. A lot of things happened, I played quite a few gigs, wrote a couple of songs and… I even released my first single!
One evening I was sitting with my guitar on the balcony of my apartment. I just finished to play around with Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”. I really love this song, it’s easy to play and fun to sing, though the subject is quite morbid.
At the time, the World was in one of its peaks of insanity. I won’t now get in details and start making a list of all annoying events going on, just take a World map, randomly put a finger on any place and you’ll find something bad happening there. Wars, corruption, poverty, just name it.
Poisoned by news and a little bit cured by Pete Seeger, I felt that it’s about the time to sing about the evil and to update the arsenal of antiwar, anti establishment and in general songs with good intention.
It fled out, line after line. When I finished the first draft, I just knew that this song is going to be my first single.
I avoided to record my music for a while, mostly because when I was a music-technology entrepreneur, I was exposed to tons of amazing music that artists invested a lot of money and effort in it and almost no one heard it. I didn’t want to record just another song that will stay undiscovered in some dark corner of Internet.
This time was different. Maybe “Stick Your Nose In” isn’t my best song in some parameters, but I had a feeling that it speaks not only for me, than also for a large group of common people like me. I am not an activist in my nature. During all those years I spent in Serbia and Israel, I was too many times disappointed by the way politics work. There were too many politicians that talked nice and gave hope, in order to afterwards do exactly what the previous leaders did. Same shit, different package, as it’s often formulated in Serbia (and in Serbian it even rhymes). Nevertheless, I decided to speak out loud. At the end of the day, I do care about our children and the World we’re leaving to the next generation (and Keith Richards).
It took me 3 months of work to get to the final version of the song. Daphna Rechter helped me, she was there for me and I learned from her a lot and I am eternally grateful for it. It was recorded much faster, thanks to the super talented musician and recording engineer Naaman Tal and an amazing drummer Anat “Jamie” Rosenblum. After we recorded it, I sent it to California, USA, to Louie Dominguez IV that mixed the song better than I was able to imagine.
Then it was time to release. When I was behind the scenes, helping artists with the marketing of their music, I had no idea how it feels to have a song out of your full control. today “Stick Your Nose In” is played on quite a few radio stations and it is on YouTube and BandCamp (available for download). I got a lot of feedback, good and bad. I had to learn how to deal with it and it wasn’t easy. Now the game is on the big court, where you don’t necessary know all players that can tackle you. I wrote a post about it, so if you want to hear details of how it feels, here it is.
Now exactly one month passed and I’m starting to summarize the experience. I feel like I grew up as a person. When you’re 42 years old, that kind of experience by itself is enough to make this whole adventure worth. I got a lot of feedback, good and bad. I simply love the fact that people either love or hate the song and almost no one is indifferent. It means that something there is done right.
I would like to thank all of you that supported me. I am very happy that it touched some of you and that you feel it speaks for you. Radio Kaos Caribou gave the song a special 4xPlay feature just a few days after it was released, which was truly awesome! Lonely OakRadio and KCEG Radio picked it up and made it a part of their rotation. Radio EGH even opened an artist page for me. There are at least 3-4 radio stations and radio shows that will start playing “Stick Your Nose In” in August.
I was hoping to make a storm at least within a glass. Over 600 views on YouTube in one month is not the most amazing number, dogs and cats beat me within 15 minutes, but I am pleased, can’t say I was expecting for much more. I don’t like to ask for shares, but I will ask you, if you think that the message of the song should be heard, it can happen, all you have to do is to spread the word to your friends.