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Rising Stars: Meet ¡¡¡ Curb Alert !!!


Today we’d like to introduce you to ¡¡¡ Curb Alert !!! 

Hello ¡¡¡ Curb Alert !!!, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started in 5th-grade band: Trumpet, then Tuba. I started playing guitar at 15, took lessons for a year, I sang horrible until I got some singing lessons from a great coach and I still practice those. College years gave me garage bands and dive bar gigs for fun, then I sold my soul to the man for a career that severely limited my free time. I’d go months without touching a guitar. I finally let go of that job (real rockstars don’t have health insurance) and was able to play out again and get serious. Releasing some songs/videos and trying to get a group together. I focus on original music (however covers are not a problem, just not my thing, but playing a song that gives fun/joy to another is very respectable and worth it). and that’s where I am now. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Putting music/bands aside to put time into a career was rough. People that flake makes it rough. Music may be an “ugly business” but all business and any business can be ugly given the people involved. I grew up in a Christian household, and my faith has grown. Music is an important aspect in all religions, it is intangible, it can’t be hoarded, it can escape being corrupted by human greed and deception. Music is spoken of prominently in the Bible, playing music that honors God and love and that makes people feel good, laugh, have joy, is one of the greatest things mankind can do. I sometimes think spending too much time in music is hedonistic, and not serving others. It can be. Setting aside the ego and being true to music makes music worthy. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m thinking you don’t want to hear about day jobs. with music- I sing & play originals, I record and create music. I aim to play originals as much as possible. It cultivates creativity and community. People will say I’m known for parodies and funny songs. Ego can ruin life, playing funny songs and making people laugh I think is a sure-fire way to humble yourself and not take yourself serious. I have funny songs on YouTube, some parodies, but I have far more “serious” or “real” songs as well. the funny tunage definitely sets me apart from others, and then putting on crazy costumes and dropping some choreographed leg-kicks and backbends puts me in a different ZIP code of others. My goal is to score a guitarist position in a band and wear an adult size inflatable T-Rex dino costume … awesome. 

I’m most proud of my words. I’m not a shredding guitarist, my singing can be pitchy, but every syllable fits into the feeling of every emoted melody. I’ve always enjoyed words, a lot of my “career” work involved technical writing, people immediately dismiss it as boring, but crafting sentences and trying to efficiently communicate through words can be an engaging puzzle when approached with the right attitude. Words are cool. 

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My parents surprised me with a guitar when I was 15, I think I mentioned it off-hand and I thought they’d never approve. They paid for lessons; they’d drive me. without them, I wouldn’t have gotten into it. Guitar and vocal teachers that would spend extra time with me. I am forever indebted to the kindness others bestowed on me, I always want to give others extra time if I’m teaching something or helping out. But I can’t say that I’ve achieved “success”, especially when I consider how indebted I am to what others have done to foster my musicianship. on other note, if success is doing what you love and others love it too, I’ve totally succeeded. Musicians that are willing and spend time to play my songs. It is a hard relationship in a band, I try to keep in mind to put in time for others’ tunes when they are putting time into my tunes. 

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