“I Don’t Need To Make A Killing, I Just Want To Make A Living”
If that doesn’t sum up the average singer-song writer, then I don’t know what does. The desire to make an honest living following the double yellow lines. It’s a romantic thought that many attempt but fail to ever see the large pay-off. In many ways it’s not the desire to make large sums of money, but rather to satisfy their creative passion while earning a check. Singing their own songs instead of covers and having the audience sing along. Word for word. Bryce Dicus’ new single, Gypsy Soul is his own anthem of being a warrior of the road.
Bryce Dicus was one of the earlier artists I had featured here on my site when I created it this past spring. After stumbling across his music, I really enjoyed his duet with Kensie Coppin in Ain’t Slept Since Texas. It’s certainly a strong offering from this young talent and his journey in country music.
A young band like BAD (Bryce A Dicus) utilizes their youth to learn and unearth their own sound. Each time I give a listen to their music, I know someday we will be watching them with increasing maturity with a few more albums under their belt. Gypsy Soul represents the root of all these independent bands’ desires. All of their time spent writing about their own life experiences and putting them to melodies in hopes that people sing along. Or better yet: strike a chord with someone and have them feel something special when they listen.
Solidifying themselves as a band loyal to the sounds of good ‘ole Texas country, Bryce and the Mercs bring the fiddle and pedal steel in strong on this track. Having listened to much of their previous music, it’s a trend that I hope sticks around. Some of the Texas bands start to wander away from all that classic sound as if in hopes of being picked up by Nashville execs. Could it be an easy way out? Sure. Though I bet the dream of making a living, singing songs and traveling to all those venues is far more rewarding when you stick to your own sound.
A track like this can be interpreted at a higher level to anyone with a burning passion in their heart. Think about how many people want something other than the traditional grind work week, reporting to the boss. How many people are too afraid to step out of the shade and take a chance and feel comfortable in their own skin? Life is short and if you want to chase your dreams, you have to start. You have to think about your regrets and use that as the logs on your fire. Fuel that fire and don’t stop until you reach your goal. For Bryce and the boys it’s singing their songs. For you, it could be something very different.
No matter what you want in life, Bryce Dicus and the Mercs are out there chasing their dreams. What’s your excuse?
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