Greetings! I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season. I'm just checking in to give a quick update on why this site has been so stale since it switched over to being tonybataska.com...
I've been tremendously busy and most of it has not been focused on music. While this Summer was one of the busiest for music that I can remember, the last quarter of 2011 has been filled with day-job/career exploration activities that have taken time away from music (unfortunately.)
- The uncertainty of my day-job status has been quite stressful. In conjunction, I've been working harder than ever with less resources (the story of the 21st century) to do the best job I can do. I feel proud of the work accomplished, but I know that change is a-coming. This change could be positive or negative for me personally, but the uncertainty is what really gets me. I believe Pippin from "Lord of the Rings" says something about how he'd sooner be in battle rather than be in a holding pattern waiting for it (paraphrased, obviously.) I feel this way to some degree, but know that in the end, whichever way things go, it will all work out.
- After much contemplation, I have begun taking Accounting classes at a local professional school. I finished my first class and get a strong A. I likely will take two classes next quarter, giving me less free time (and again, affecting the time I can devote to music) but in the end, I plan to become a CPA. This is a highly attainable goal which may be difficult, but I will complete this challenge.
- I do have some scheduled shows at the Boxing Donkey in Roseville:
January 6 at 9:30pm
February 24 at 9:30pm
March 16 at 9:30pm
The Donkey is a great place and I am thrilled to continue to play shows there. If you haven't come out for a show there, what are you waiting for? They treat me great and I'd like to thank Joe and the rest of the staff for being top notch! You will enjoy yourself there! I'm sure I'll have more variety of shows when Spring rolls around, but I doubt I can play shows at the pace I did last Summer. Come out when you can!
- Given all of these challenges, I'm sure I'll be writing some new songs soon. I already have enough material for a new album, but I have no idea when that will happen. As you can see, my schedule is getting the best of me, so starting a new record might be the death of me. I may do some acoustic YouTube videos or demos that I can release. Stay posted and like me on Facebook to get any new info that I release in the coming months.
Over the last 7 years, I've gone from a regular at the Sacramento area open mics, to someone who plays regular shows, makes money doing it, and is relatively well respected as a local musician. I really appreciate EVERYONE who has supported me as I improved as a musician and gave me opportunities to succeed. I will continue to play as often as I can, but please bare with me as I am going through these uncertain times. Juggling all of my responsibilities has been no small task, but I want to continue to make my small contribution to the musical community whenever I can.
This post is not meant to be a "woe is me" type post. Far be it for me to play martyr when their are plenty of people struggling during this holiday season. The intention of this post is to thank you all for the support you've given me throughout the years, and to explain to everyone why music and shows coming from me have been slow going recently.
Happy Holidays and I'll see you soon!