Recent Blog Posts - Dave Von Bieker

Song Stories: I Waited
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I Waited has always been a dark tune for me. I sometimes tell people this song is about being stood-up by the devil. This is a morning-after-mistake dirge. An ode to that tar-stain darkness that is so hard to wash from your soul after you’ve made a terrible moral choice. Harmed a friend. Told ...
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Hey 2018, This is Where We're Going
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2017 was a big year for me, and I’m ramping things up in 2018. I feel like I’m hitting my stride as a musician, so rather than doing anything totally different, I’ll be doubling down on what has been working, and sharpening my focus. I’ve got four overarching goals; refine my brand, enlarge my...
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Why 2017 Was My Biggest Year in Music So Far
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2017 leaves me a bit tired, but full of gratitude and even awe. So much happened for my music this year, even though I feel like I’m still lacing up my runners to head to the starting line. On days when it feels the race may never begin, it helps to take stock.
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Song Stories: Silent Night
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This track has it's beginnings in my 'day job'. A few years ago I was working for Hope Mission, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen here in Edmonton. They serve hundreds of meals every day, but the holiday meals are the biggest. My job was communications. I did website updates, graphic design...
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Join Our Growing Patreon Community
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It used to go like this; beg for a record contract, get said contract and sign away your rights. To your music. To your time. To your own creative vision. It wasn't always so bad, but there are enough stories in music-business folklore to warn any artist to read between the lines of any reco...
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This is how I feel about the Needle shutting down
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The Needle Vinyl Tavern, one of the most active music venues in Edmonton, closed indefinitely Tuesday night. This situation is sad on so many levels, and things unravelled incredibly quickly.  Perhaps all I really want to say, out loud so I know you hear me, is that this just sucks for so man...
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On Mental Health and Faith Healers
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"To dwell on my painful thoughts was to give them power, and to pray against them was to dwell on them. This is the paradox of prayer and mental illness. It can become a wicked trap, hurting with the very tools that should heal."
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The Opening Act and My First 40
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I had hoped I'd make some new fans of my own through the cross-pollination that an opening gig offers. I did, and this week crossed one more tiny threshold. My email list has now hit 40 subscribers. That's not a big number, but these are some of my best fans. People who are following my story...
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Adobe and Teardrops Playlists Beauty Bright
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I'm happy to announce that my song Beauty Bright is making it to more ears this week thanks to Rachel over at Adobe and Teardrops. I love the name of this alt-country music blog, and am honored to kick off one of her playlists.
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Sharing the Love with Ohestee and Ride the Tempo
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I'm super grateful today. Grateful for those who take the time to listen, and if they like what they hear, pass it on. Grateful for those offering kind words. We put our work out there and it begins to become something else. Every time I hear another person speak about a song of mine, the song...
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Hi-Fives to Pretty In Noise
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Today I got a little SoundCloud love from German music blog, Pretty In Noise. That's rad, and from the looks of things, so are they.
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A Poem for Holy Saturday, Revised
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Last year I wrote a poem for Holy Saturday, with a warning that it was likely not ready for public consumption. This Holy Saturday I've sanded it down a fair bit, and while it is still raw, it gets at something desperate that this day is all about in the cycle of Holy Week.
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#LetsTalk About Mental Illness
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My whole life I have tried to understand what was going on with my mom. Sometimes I did understand. Most times, still, I do not. But this post is not actually about my mother's mental illness. It's about mine. Two years ago I started taking medication for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Dis...
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How I Made And Released an EP for $140
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It may be hard to make a living from music these days, but at least it doesn’t cost a living anymore. Thanks to some internet magic and good friends, I was able to record and release Where The Air Is Thin, my latest EP, for just under a hundred and fifty bucks. All in. Here’s how I did it.
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Coming Down from Where The Air Is Thin
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It’s hard to believe, but October 15 has come and gone. Where The Air Is Thin, my first EP, is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify,  Google Play, Amazon and of course this website right here. Saturday night I got to celebrate this milestone in the best way possible–playing these so...
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