2013 is drawing to a close and thoughts begin to focus on what lies ahead in 2014. Before going all in to the new year, one must look back at the highs and lows of the current year. I look back on this past year and can’t help but to take note of all my accomplishments from time to time I still take for granted. 2012 going into 2013 I laid out certain goals that I wanted to achieve. Some were easier than others. Some were completed. Others weren’t as attainable so they get carried forward into 2014. I have compiled the highlights of this past year, not only as something I’m able to come back to and look on to motivate me when I feel stagnant but also as a precursor to you reflecting on what you’ve been able to accomplish. It’s easy to overlook the successes and dwell on what would be deemed as failures but that doesn’t fuel you to keep moving forward. I’ve spent the year being more encouraging to others, feeding others positive energy, lifting them up. I’ve made some awesome friendship along the way. Like they say, be that which you want to attract. Self development should never get lost in the routine of life… so let’s get into it shall we.
In January, I was re-baptized. Some would frown on that but you know what, it was a personal decision coming off the life that I was living in Tallahassee before my move down south. I’m far from perfect and continue to screw the pooch daily but I’m conscious of it and I am able to hear the still voice inside chiding me. God isn’t through with me yet…. but I DO need to do better lol. I’m a work in progress.
What makes it even more special is that my little brother was baptized as well. I’ve sinned against every person that I know in one way or another but that is human nature. I am striving for perfection. In the love department I am still lacking but I’ve come to realize the problem there is two fold. No need dwelling on it though. I just keep working on myself and when my path leads me in that direction, I have to be ready as an individual. Until then I maximize my singular living.
In March I did my first Vlog in building the brand that is Stevie Bee. I like that it was my first but very soon after I was disappointed with my vocabulary. I speak better and write better but you couldn’t tell from that video.
Nonetheless, it was my first effort in being more visual. In further branding the Stevie Bee lifestyle (it’s more than a name) I came out with a T-shirt and matching snapback. I wasn’t ready for the volume of requests that I received but everything is a learning experience. I understood just sitting on something new for a while until everything was ripe.
I definitely dig this and there are other designs I am not ready to divulge yet. See! I’m learning to hold back lol. Also in April was my first ever music video shoot for my song Second Chances. It was shot over the span of three weekends since of course everyone still has day jobs lol. I pride myself in not half stepping what you already know so in my eyes with the knowledge at the time, the video was a great success.
We ended up not releasing the video however until June, after we acquired a new home, P-Squad Production Studios. A home base to record was one of the major milestones that we planned for 2013 and it happened. Quick plug: if you’re looking for studio time or video production work, hit us up!!!
Now that the commercial is out of the way lol… Let’s move on. Now I can’t be all business and neglect the things that are near and dear to me. My favorite baby cousin came to spend some time with the fam this summer. I’m not supposed to play favorites but…. we all know sometimes there’s a slight preference deep inside you don’t want to feed too much lol. So in July, she came with her older sister, her mom, (coincidentally my favorite first cousin) and her grandmother (definitely my favorite aunt). I guess she comes from great stock. That’s 3 faves right there!!!
Back to work. Why? My goals going into 2013 were majority work driven goals. I had nothing to my name and work was the only thing I could do. So in August I was selected to perform at Coast 2 Coast Miami Convention Edition. That was a big deal for me. First conference that I’m performing at! Booking events were slow going but this came through. I jumped at it. I performed my song Love Race alongside my bros Yung Caly, Block Bezzle, and Lord Thrilla. The event was at Club Therapy. What a fun night it was. NORE performed that night and I don’t care if he reads this but his performance was sloppy. He was wasted and I feared on several occasions he was going to fall off the stage.
Things only picked up from there. The following month we were in New Orleans for the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and performed at VASO. Special thanks goes out to my big bro Eric aka Rook-E for coming through with his fiance Amy. We had a blast!!! I’m definitely trying to get back to New Orleans asap!!!
An abundance of grenades and hurricanes and some good New Orleans food served as a great appetizer to this music that we pursue. At VASO we performed Love Race, Remember My Name (a Block Bezzle original) and Good Times Remix.
Alas, life on the road had to come to an end… but it only furthered our desire to be on the road doing what we love. I managed to make it back a few hours before having to go to work but you know what??? It was well worth it!!! I’d do it all again!!!
After that, I continued working on my mixtape Switching Lanes Reloaded and my album Walk With Me. My birthday (10/3) came and gone uneventfully. I guess in my mind, any big day, holiday, birthday, I’d rather be out among the masses doing this music. I guess you can say it’s my first love. Several Vlogs later, No Hook was dropped. It started off as just another Vlog episode and became an unofficial music video. That was fun lol…
The video has been posted by several music blog sites and is getting a lot of love.
Shout out to Iluminati2G, PopVulture Mag, WWS, and Hype Magazine for the interviews in their publications!!!
I did more this year than I set out to do. I can look back and truly say this year wasn’t wasted. I didn’t take life sitting down. I went out there and through hard work, dedication, and love things got done. I can only take these accomplishments and use them as fuel to light 2014 on fire. Some things are already brewing and nearing boiling point so….. ;-)
PS… I’m still working on Backslidden. I’m an ambitious man!!!