Plenty of updates forth coming 🙂
But aren’t I always? haha
So, here’s what I’ve been up to since the last update.
I haven’t been able to play guitar, so, that’s still a thing, but I’ve been involved in lots of other fun.
For those of you who may not know, I have other skills that I enjoy using, outside of playing music (though they’re all mostly in my preferred field of entertainment).
I work for a radio show, called “The Savage-Turner Rock Express”. The show is hosted by Ric Savage, former pro wrestler and star of Spike TV’s “Savage Family Diggers” and Erik Turner, guitarist for the rock band “Warrant”. (Cherry Pie. Yep, you know the one 🙂 I’m a segment producer for the show, and get to talk with a ton of cool people. Ric and Erik are great guys, and I absolutely love working with them.
I’m still working for Space Ghost, albeit, a bit more behind the scenes, seeing as I relocated to North Florida, so I haven’t been able to do the last few cons with him, and it’s a total bummer. He’s one of my best buds, and we have a BLAST hanging out together.
but the majority of my time has been invested into helping the INCREDIBLY talented Chris Stalcup promote his new record “Downhearted Fools” which recently came out via Dirtleg Records. A more genuinely nice guy you will not find, and just an incredible artist. I have been SO PROUD to call myself a part of the team. His record debuted at #10 on the RMR Charts, and has been in Paste Magazine, Magnet Magazine, and Pop Matters, amongst a whole host of others. We’re about to hit 25,000 plays of the single on Spotify as well, which I’m pretty proud of.
and for my latest foray, I’ve found myself involved in FILM!
Yep, this is a new one for me, as music is the realm I’m most well acquainted with. But I do not fear a challenge!
I’m working on a pilot/sizzle for the series “Comedy School for Girls” by the AMAZING and WICKEDLY talented Moreen Littrell. I even got my own IMDb!! It’s under my birth name “Jeffery Errol Morrison”, should you need proof. Moreen is brilliant, and has assembled such a great cast of people to make this thing come to life. I’m so thankful I was able to play a part in it.
Plus, I have a real life outside of all this nonsense 🙂
So, as you can see, no thumbs are being twiddled. and these are ongoing projects!
All that said. Almost every day that goes by, I hear from someone about my music. My personal songs. and record. and future recordings.
and as much as I try and hide my head, the elephant is there. And as we all know, elephants never forget, and he won’t let me either.
It’s so incredible and encouraging to have people reach out and ask, enquiring as to when they can hear more of my music. It’s incredible to think anyone cares at all. But EVERY DAY, I swear, I hear from someone in some way, and to those people I am eternally grateful. They are the one’s I can not let down.
The plan is in the works to get this record properly released, AND there are PRELIMINARY plans in place for a FOLLOW UP RECORD. Back when I could still play, I put together about 30 songs for the next record, and I know at least 5 of them must be decent enough to record 🙂
I DON’T KNOW what the future holds as far as my music career goes. Will I be able to get back to regularly playing? Will I be able to get back out playing shows? I have no idea. and for now, that has to be ok. Because that’s what it is. It is what it is.
I am hopeful for the future, and I appreciate you so much more that you’ll every know.
I really should have titled this “I’m still here” or some such nonsense. I don’t know. Some of you care. Probably the ones who have visited here! Maybe you enjoy my song, or you’ve met me. Maybe we’re friends. Maybe we worked together. Doesn’t really matter. You’re good to go in my book.
So , what have I been up to since the release of “King Of Diamonds”?
Well, it started promisingly enough. A fantastic write up in the paper, invites to play at venues, some live in studio at the local FM station, lots of blog coverage, My first national radio play on none other than the legendary KCRW (Thanks Valida!) followed by a few more stations, contact from managers and promoters, a contract with a publishing library, some talks with labels. and of course, incredible support from you guys.
Well, I decided to follow that up with the “next step”, moving to a bigger town where I had good friends in the music biz, and making a push w/ more live shows and more opening slots. Getting the word out plain and simple, the good ole fashioned way.
So, we packed up the truck, said a few goodbyes, and hit the road, like a good nomad should.
When I arrived I was offered paid gigs almost immediately. BOOM! Exactly what a guy is looking for. Money AND a chance to play. The game was a foot and business was looking good. Onward and upward, the future looking bright. well, it hasn’t quite worked out the way i thought.
In January 2015 I played a gig. I had noticed a few days before hand i was experiencing a lot of soreness in my wrists/ forearms. “No big deal” I thought, and chalked it up to over practice. Pop a couple Advil, play the gig, rest up, don’t book anything for a bit and we should be good to go. Onward and upward! Unfortunately, that didn’t happen at all. Instead I found I was having debilitating pain the next day. So much so I couldn’t use my hands and arms. Well, a month became two months, then six months, I went to the doctor. “Carpal tunnel” he said. Another doctor “tendonitis”. “Tendinosis” Whatever the hell it was, it had taken away my ability to play music. and my ability to work. and I was having issues driving. I couldn’t sleep. I started wearing big wrist gauntlets 24/7. Trying everything I could find to fix it. A year passed. Nothing was better, but I thought “Fuck it, Im no quitter. Onward and upward, the show must go on!” So, I released the single, and did my best to push through. Completely losing the ability to play acoustic, and finding a way to modify my practice and using an electric to work on songs. I released the single, and soldiered on, working on all the behind the scenes promotion while holding out hope it would clear up.
After the move it seemed to get worse. It’s worse now. I’m in constant pain and can’t sleep. The only good news is, we may finally have it figured out. “Ulnar Nerve Entrapment” in both elbows. Most of the symptoms show themselves in the hands. Pain and numbness. a dull ache, followed by shooting pain. I wake up multiple times a night with what I’ve learned is “nerve pain”. I have been unable to play guitar AT ALL since I moved. Oh, I’ve tried,(I’m a stubborn sum a bish) and I’ll get through a song, OR, IF IM LUCKY, two, and then i’ll regret it for weeks. It’s gotten to the point where I can either try to play the guitar or be able to open my car door. Fine movements just kill me, but I do have some ability to perform gross movements. So, after I got done sulking about how unfair everything was (the truth is, I was devastated and heartbroken. A Complete emotional mess)I decided to go back to my first love, Martial Arts. Music is such a huge part of who I am, that I’d lost myself to the chronic injury, and needed to get my head worked out. and I’m trying.
I trained in stand up karate for a few months. Now, I’m back in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (It’s a grappling art, for those who don’t know) Physical activity (specifically fighting) helps me to empty my head of all the negativity and doubt, and helps me clear up. it also takes my attention away from the fact that long term injury is currently robbing me of the career path I’d chosen for myself that I’ve been working at for years.
I’m honestly just trying to refocus, redefine, and figure out where to go from here. Make no mistake, I haven’t given up on music, I just have to find out who I am. Playing guitar is such a huge part of my personal identity, it’s been traumatic having it taken away. I’m not sure what I wanna do, or where I wanna go. I gotta look at how to proceed.
I’m not giving up. I was born a fighter, and will continue fighting, if not just for me, then for you guys. For all of you who have been so incredibly supportive of me for so long. That’s where we’re at, at the moment.
I love you guys, and just wanted to share a bit of an update as to my goings on….
Just wanted to put this here in case some of you lovely people hadn’t seen it:
It’s a lovely write up done by Clifford Parody at The Lakeland Ledger
“WHO IS JEFF MORRISON? WHO IS HORACE HOLLOWAY?”
I wanted to let you know that I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the local paper here in town, The Lakeland Ledger, and talk about my record with their culture reporter, Clifford Parody.
— Clifford Parody (@CliffordParody) February 15, 2016
He’s a great guy, and I had a blast doing it.
He’s a big X Files fan,too, so it was a total win win!
The article will be out Wednesday, so I’ll make sure and have it here, then!
Working on getting everything ready!
Cool news to come
Trying to get everything together to gear up for the release of the first single!
Gotta write a “single oriented bio”? Okey dokey.
Much work to be done.
and the single?
I think it’s gonna be “King of Diamonds”?
That’s the impression I’m working under anyway.
I gotta remember / learn how all this business works, as well as get ready for my show on Feb 5th.
Oh, Here’s a cool #TBT for ya, from WAY back….
Finally, it feels like things are moving again….
Someone just told me the masters are done?
And to all a good night!
Cause, you know. Why the heck not.
We gotta try and get the show BACK on the road!
Pain be damned. Man the torpedos! Full steam ahead!
or, something like that