I’m always fascinated with the perseverance that musical artists possess. It’s gets them through the early days when they are playing to next to no one. Some out there in the audience may perk up when they hear a cover they really like, but many of the original songs go unnoticed. The crucial time in chasing one’s dream is the empty room. No audience, little fame, and still having to give it your all. It’s a true test to one’s commitment to their chosen path. It’s also for the love of your craft more than anything else. Staying hungry for your dream and Jade Marie Patek tells us her story with Drive.
In the digital age, it’s easy to dress up an artist’s voice from the cracks and the lack of being able to hold a key. There are certainly a lot of people out there trying to forgo the live concerts and just post up edited content for streaming or YouTube consumption. First things first. I looked up Jade’s live video and she sounds just as fantastic in front of her camera as she does on her professionally recorded single. That’s impressive and to me shows the true measure of an artist. Remember folks, selling seats at a venue are what is going to tell the tale of an artist. You can have as many Spotify followers as you want, but butts in the seats pays the bills and keeps the gigs rolling in. You must be able to play strongly in the flesh, and with Jade, that’s proven beyond a doubt.
With Drive we are taken into the realities of life on the road – a stark contrast from the glorified high-roller lifestyle that is often portrayed. Within the Texas music scene, there is a higher level of acknowledgment of what actually occurs on the road. Think of all the songs that discuss sleeping in vans, love-sick from loved ones, and missing the sunrise. It’s all part of that journey to making a name for one’s self. You can’t forget the beginning of it all. The struggles, the sacrifices, and the disappointments.
For every sold out show an artist has, they had dozens of shows that barley sold any tickets. Or even were empty, for that matter. In life, much of what we seek is not the destination, it’s the journey. Being in the moment, wiping the sweat off your brow and looking at the mountain in the distance. Think of it like restoring a classic muscle car. Most of the fun is found in rebuilding it, not just hopping in a perfect one from the start. It builds character, creates humbleness and a deep sense of appreciation for all that was been endured.
Jade pulls from all those experiences in Drive and works to tell us her story. I can just picture myself experiencing the late nights and the uncomfortable sleeping in the car. You can’t help but take in that whole lifestyle while listening. And from someone who I had admittedly not heard of before? Impressive.
I keep coming back to her voice and the power that she possesses. You hear some of that on this single, but man you dig through YouTube and you’ll surely hear how talented this young singer/songwriter is.
Two thumbs way up!
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