I promised myself I wouldn't make any New Year's resolutions, instead I would make plans...
by David Davila (Voxist)
I was with a friend last year, 2012, to be exact, I'm not trying to insinuate that you're an idiot for not knowing that last year was 2012, so maybe I shouldn't mention specifically that the year was 2012, but it was last year; 2012. It was Chinese New Years and I went with my Buddhist friend to the historic temple on Canal st in China Town to pull our fortunes for 2012 out of a fountain.
That paragraph wasn't confusing at all.
I had big hopes for 2012 but I wasn't sure how I was going to make them happen. It was much to my dismay when the fortune I was given said that my year would be pretty good, but not great.
(Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had a pretty good year too.)
I was absolutely shocked. I thought for sure I'd self-produce one of my plays and get a publishing deal and everything would be hunky-dory-gravy-boats for the rest of my life, but of course that didn't happen, as my fortune predicted.
2012 was a good year for me, but not a great one. I wrote a lot of songs, and rewrote a lot of plays, and got a lot of booty, and I successfully produced my first NYC concert, so all in all it was a good year, but the entire year was clouded by that one fortune I kept reading over and over in my head: "You will have a pretty good year."
Was it the prophecy that knew my year would only be pretty good, was it a coincidence, or did I fulfill that prophecy subconsciously to make it come true? I'll never know for sure, but I'm determined to make sure that 2013 isn't just pretty good, but an AMAZING, FABULOUS, TOUCH DOWN year!
So this year I'm not pulling any Chinese fortunes out of a fountain regardless of tradition. This year I'm making my own fortune by taking matters into my own hands, like my Voxist predecessors before me. This year I'm determined to self-produce my play, ADAN Y JULIO, with the help of friends and family through Kickstarter.com and concert fundraisers.
(Manuel Stark and Jose Sepulveda played ADAN Y JULIO in the latest reading.)
Also this year, I'm determined to record an album of my 52 SONGS: Abridged! project with a friend who just started his own recording company. I'm taking a page from my friend Alexander Sage Oyen and getting it done guerilla style.
And peppered throughout the year will be many concerts of my original songs starting on Feb 17th at Stage 72 at the Triad. This concert is a sequel to my first sold-out show at the Laurie Beechman and it's called 52 SONGS pt 2: MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Then I'm doing a concert featuring tons of talented college students from the tri-state area; 52 SONGS: COLLEGE EDITION! at the Underground Theatre on Feb 27th.
There'll be an OCCUPY: THE MUSICAL concert and a bunch more events from my theatre company, LONE STAR THEATRE. I hope you'll join me at one of these events and help make 2013 an AMAZING year for all of us!
You should totally come to a show and whisper in my ear the secret code: pumpernickel pizza. That would be totally awesome and I'd probably come in my pants, and we'd start making out. Then you'd say "Let's blow this joint," and I'd be all "But I gotta stay till the end of the show," and you'd be all "Fine, but then we're getting a cab and picking up Chinese and making sweet love to the music of Bon Jovi." Then I'd be all "Bon Jovi really? I'm more of a Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys love maker," and you'd be like "Why don't we just cuddle and watch reruns of the price is right," and I'd be like "That sounds fabulous because I prefer Bob Barker to Drew Carey any day of the week," And then you'd be all "I prefer Drew Carey because he's got a little meat on his bones which is the same reason I want to go home with you," to which I'd be all "That makes sense." And we'd live happily ever after.
Now you may be thinking, "How the hell are you going to do all that David?"
I have a plan.
It's not a full proof plan by any means, and I'm scared sh*tless about it, but at least it's a plan. Up until now, I've been living this wonderful carefree life in Astoria with all the fabulous cafes and shopping, and easy access to everything that I need in life. It's been fabulous, but it's been expensive. So to save money for this upcoming year that I know is going to be hella hard, I moved to Brooklyn.
East Williamsburg to be exact.
Okay, Bushwick to be more exact and less trendy.
My friends convinced me that Bushwick was super awesome and cool, with all these great warehouse parties and art exhibits like on HBO's GIRLS. It's totally not like that. It's actually quite ghetto and I'm scared to walk home at night, but I started carrying around a lead pipe in my backpack like Col. Mustard.
I also took on a second job at a much fancier restaurant where I've already waited on too many cool celebrities to count. It's that thing where it's kind of awesome and kind of embarrassing at the same time. Either way the point of this overlong blog is that I've got a plan for 2013.
They say no one ever planned to fail, they just failed to plan.
So I've got a plan... so I'm back to Brooklyn with the other Bohemians... so that one day I can finally move to Hell's Kitchen...
Here's to 2013!
... and now for the 90's jam of the week. This week I was reminded of one of my absolute favorite 90's jams by fellow crazytownblogger, Geoff Kidwell. This jam takes me back to 6th grade listening to my local radio station, Hot B-104, as I got ready for school. This jam would come on and make my whole day. It samples one of my other all-time favorite songs and takes me to a place I just can't explain. SWV stands for Sisters With Voices, and voices they sure have. ;)
DAVID DAVILA is half of the song-writing duo Havrilla & Davila, author of the Tex-Mex plays ADAN Y JULIO, MEN OF GOD, CREDO, REQUERDOS OF MY LIFE, and AZTEC PIRATES AND THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS. He is a self proclaimed Voxist, a Diva enthusiast, and founder of Lone Star Theatre Co. Catch his latest concert of original songs, 52 SONGS pt 2: MAKE IT HAPPEN at the Triad on Feb 17th and 52 SONGS: COLLEGE EDITION at The Underground Theatre on Feb 27th. www.daviddavila.net
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