October 10, 2010 – October 10, 2014, 2 years of planning and 22 years of saving gets you blessings, success, purpose and seeing a dream ( as Mr. Spock would say ) “live long and prosper”. As we hit our 4th year milestone, I must pause to reflect.
Once upon a time… I had a seed of an idea of how to try harder to go the steps beyond giving instruction on how to play an instrument or sing. The seed of an idea was just in my mind a few years ago. I wasnât even aware that it was there at the beginning, but my frustration was taking hold. I have been a musician for 50 years now. I have taken formal lessons, learned to play with other musicians, learned how to improvise, how to sing harmonies and then lead vocals. Over the years, as IÂ struggled with the age old question of many young musicians, especially from the 1960âs Beatles and Woodstock explosionâŚâshould I be just a full time musician and risk it allâŚor go to college and get a 40 hour a week jobâ? Not being a person who took risks in my youth, I chose the latter and went to college. All the while, I would face difficult or uninteresting issues and quit and start performing music more. This back and forthÂ struggle continued most of my second, third and forth decades of life. I eventually worked at a full time job, raised a family and performed music on the side for fun and extra money, thusÂ giving up on my dreams of being all that I could be as a musician.
During the raising of my children, I had two daughters who showed a natural gift for music and I proudly watched them take to it so much better than I ever did, throughout their school years, only to find that they would give it up after school and go the way of college and become school teachers – a very noble profession indeed and one that I always thought I would have been good at. I am extremely proud of the people and teachers they have become but I will always feel like I didnât do enough to encourage their musical learning journey. THIS is the seed that I speak of! This is what started growing a burning desire in my mind that eventually became Davidâs Music House. This business would serve multiple purposes. It would allow me to explore my passion to provide encouragement and ways to help students of music discover WHY they wanted to learn how to perform. It would also serve to replace theÂ disappearingÂ âRetirement of Baby Boomersâ with something that would not only be my retirement, but would allow me to find ways to help the world be better off, because of creating more musicians and in turn, more music.
The seed of an idea grew from my non risk portion of my youth, into aÂ burring desire to do whatever it takes, to see this vision become a reality in my life.
I repeat this vision over and over to all that will listen. Davidâs Music House is a place you can come to learn how to play an instrument or sing, but there are many private teachers and music stores that do that. Davidâs Music House is a place to come and discover WHY music is so powerful,Â incredible, healing, emotional, basic, life improving and on and on. We are like a house or home thatÂ explores music and what is so special about music. I call our teachers Music MentorsÂ because as they teach you how to play or sing, they teach you how to act on stage, how to listen to other musicians you perform with, how to add to a musical group or performance rather thanÂ âbe the star on the stageâ! Our LIVE concerts by touring singer/songwriters provide hands on learning that music students can not find anywhere else. We can teach you how to start writing your own music andÂ take it in the recording studio experience.
When new music teachers who come to Davidâs Music House, they are given theÂ âkeysâ to experiment and create their new ideas to Inspire students. New teachers also discover that they can actuallyÂ âlearnâ from the other teachers hereÂ because we are a Music Mentoring Team that does not shun other teachers but instead, help and support the other teachers.
Our Coffee House setting provides a great place for waiting parents but it does so much more than that! It provides theÂ âkitchen tableâ home-like atmosphere that provides a family welcoming and gathering place where people find a few moments of their day to relax and stop thinking about everything going on in their hectic world outside.
I have learned a great deal as an entrepreneur over the last 6 years of planning, building and tweaking the business model of Davidâs Music House but one thing never stops being the center of my focus and passionâŚ.that is theÂ âseedâ of what started in my mind that is growing into a thriving model for help, support and Inspiration to all those who come to share their love of Music.
I end with my forever andÂ constant Thank You to each of you who have discovered, come, shared and continue being loyal lovers of the dream that is Davidâs Music House.