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  • The Time We Played Red Rocks and Fleetwood Mac

    What a joyo this summer to play Red Rocks for the first time.  We are still so grateful to FACE Vocal Band for the opportunity, and what a show it was!  The Chain was such a blast there that we figured it was high time we pay tribute to a band that has inspired and challanged us through the years.  Fleetwood Mac.  

    We are so pleased to be playing our first Dearling Tribute to Fleetwood Mac at The Soiled Dove Underground on November 22nd.  We hope this little taste will inspire to come, sing along, and help us honor some great music.  

    Interested in tickets?  Head to The Soiled Dove Underground to grab them while they are still available!  

    Thank you to our fans who made the Red Rocks show possible and to all those who continue to support us.  We love you and will see you soon!

    Dearling

  • The One Thing the Music Business Still Can't Touch

    People debate streaming and 99 cent downloads. They talk about how recorded music changed everything. The digital takeover made every wannabe musician a possible star.  Autotune can correct your flubs and an amazing producer can morph you into a flawless icon.  People mourn how musicians and writers don't make as much money as they used to and how the art of music has been degraded.  Industry writers and critics say "get on board, or get left behind."  And so the artist pushes for streams, and likes, and hashtags and followers and tiny little numbers ticking upward to tell all the bigwigs that what they do is worthwhile so that they can maybe have a shot.  "Find us on Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, Apple Music, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, the next thing, the next space, the next addiction..."  

    But where's the real buzz?

    It's in the same place it's always been.

    It's in 100 or 1,000 people singing Amazing Grace in the same space and at the same time.

    It's at your favorite venue, with your favorite friends and your favorite artist.

    Recorded music can run itself into the ground and then fling itself a mile high again, but live music is still home. Maybe becuase it's in our roots. Maybe it's because music is especially magical spiritually and physiologically when someone is playing a real instrument right next to you. Maybe because it's more human. You can't go back and perfect the previous moment.  But you can use the moment to make something even greater.  The real thing.  

    We understand there is a difference between digital and real.  It's just like all of those studies showing that we don't know how to communicate in real life anymore after becoming so accustomed to editing and shaping our images online.  But when is sitting right across from you, you can't perfect your words or make your face look just right.  If we say the wrong thing, we can't delete it or change our inflection, or add a happy emoji face.  If there is a wad of spinach in our teeth, we don't even know it.  Whether we like it or not, we are still human and we live in a space where our energy affects the place around us.  And where we desperately need to know real, feel real, and see others as real.  It connects us.  Music can do this better than anything.  Live music can unify absolutely.  In a space of thousands of people, one song, sung by one person, can turn into the anthem of every soul who can hear it.  Just go to a U2 concert or a gospel music driven church service.  The real thing is unstoppable.  And no industry can change it.  

    It might be daddy playing a lullaby to his daughter on acoustic guitar by the fireplace before bedtime.  Or maybe it's At Last by Etta James played at a wedding. Everywhere music is still doing it's work and spreading it's magic, even when it seems like music only exists on the radio and in our spotify list.  

    In our hearts, we are grateful for every live show we get to play and every non-perfected experience we get to have with our friends and fans.  It's a gorgeous thing.  

    We'll see you at a show...

  • The Song That Got Us to Red Rocks

    This has been such an incredible week.  We've more than reached our funding goal AND got the news that our fans votes and shares of our video for Rock Steady helped us win the opportunity to play Red Rocks!  We don't really know how to say thank you for all of this.  A few smiles, moments of overwhelm, a few tears, because in just a few weeks we've seen the most incredible support from fans and friends, new and old.  We are grateful beyond belief and can't wait to take this song and our record to the rest of the country.  What a gift to be here with folks who really get what we are doing and who are wiling to support our music and songs.  Thank you.  

    Our video was feature on Indi.com but you can now view the final mix and video at the Youtube link above.  

    All our love,

    Dearling

  • BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO - WILD BLUE

    It's for the kids, but it's really for us...


    So everything is political now.  Even Lady Gaga can't perform without being berated for her lack of or too political television performance.  And in the meantime, character, personal improvement, development of morals, ideals, the betterment of our fellow man?  Well, if it doesn't have a D or R next to it, forget about it?  We don't think that's anyway to be artistic nor is it any way to be honest as human beings.

    I heard a great quote today.  It's not about being true to yourself, but about being true to your VALUES.  We value the tough stuff that is overcome, the heart to heart with our easily distractible hearts.  We are convinced that grit, determination, honest values and love, above all else love, will make the world a better place.  And we want to pass that on to our kids.  But maybe we also need a little of it for us as well!  In that spirit, what a great blessing it is to be releasing Wild Blue.  We hope it inspires you and if it does, share it, discuss it, and spread it's message.

  • How To Make the Biggest Impact This Year...

    How To Make the Biggest Impact This Year...

    We all want to do something big...


    It is in our nature to desire to put a stamp, make a splash, engage thousands, impact millions.  Everybody seems to be striving for this kind of "big think" lifestyle.  It's a beautiful thing.  But it isn't the only thing.  We realize more and more that it is the small things in life that change everything.  It is the small kindnesses of others, the little notes, the coffee you buy for the car behind you at Starbucks, the one on one conversations that are truly memorable and life saving for us.  We want to incorporate more of the stuff of life.  The acts that change everything.  An article here, a viral Youtube clip there can do amazing things, but to really change lives, you have to get in the consistent, nitty gritty, realness of the individual.  

    No, we can't become best friends with everyone, nor can we be the shoulder for everyone to cry on, but this year we are committing to putting on shows, having discussions and living personally in a way that encourages real communication, engagement, even disagreement in a way that lifts, inspires, engages and challenges the best and deepest parts of each of us as individuals.  We want our fans and those who will attend our shows to participate in that light and spread it.  One act, one email, one note, one kindness at a time, we can change the world.  It's the small things.  

  • Now More Than Ever, Bless This Earth...

    We live in a very real world, as unreal as it seems sometimes.  We don't often have songs where a prayer occurs, we don't often get to sing songs asking for blessings.  But we know we need them.  The earth needs them.  Our souls need them.  We are so grateful that the amazing, Cody Qualls, (Face Vocal Band, Cody Qualls etc.) joined us to sing a song about blessing the world, the earth, all around us.  What a blessing it is to be sharing this...

    Love, 

    Dearling

  • Live Cover of Adele's Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Dearling

    Can't help ourselves.  This week, as we finally took some band photos and prepared to release our collaboration with Cody Qualls, we had to try our hand at this tune by Adele.  Love her, love this.  This was our second time through the song, so you have to give us a little break, but we hope you enjoy it!  

  • Yet Another Reason to Love U2...

    Yet Another Reason to Love U2...

    A few of us got to open for Mike Peters of the group, The Alarm, last week.  We not only had an amazing time, but we listened intently to story after glorious story of this man's journey.  One of the stories he told was of the generosity of U2.  While on tour U2 would often go into radio interviews and promote The Alarm, asking the interviewer to play one of The Alarm's songs and talking about this particular music movement that was happening.  

    Jaw-dropping stuff.  Honestly, I've never heard of such a thing in my time in music.  I don't find it easy to get others to actually listen to records and assist in promoting and sharing them.  In fact, I've spent uber amounts of money and time trying to recover losses from artists who have stolen songs, or promoted them as their own.  I've sat in managerial offices with guys who couldn't look up from their phones long enough to complete a sentence, and I'm fairly certain those folks barely know what I look like, let alone what I create.  Or the inevitable opposite situation.  So obsessed with looks and age that the music is an afterthought.  Promotion is king, if you can get it.  We have a little band inside joke that, for every 100 emails you send out a whopping .5% might return your email within a year or so.  I bet that percentage isn't actually far off.  But that meme is coming friends, be on the lookout!  

    Selfie-laden, fear-driven, promotion-obsessed.  I wonder at how far behind these trends we are as a band in posting, promoting, marketing, pushing, pushing, pushing.  I know, it has to be done, but I think it would be so much easier to do it for someone else.  

    And that revelation is changing me inside and out.  I meet a few folks here who are as happy to embrace other's musical genius as they are their own.  And I love it.  This beautiful oasis.  This water in a desert. This kind of support laden with all sorts of drive to become better is dwindling so quickly that stumbling upon it creates a lightning bolt memory of that individual in my mind.  I want to be that individual for others.  Truly, there is room for everyone, even if the gatekeepers only want to press artists out of the same mold.  If we all could inspire each other to better, love each other to more, maybe we could have a few niches of our own. Start a movement like U2 and The Alarm and so many others did.  But they didn't do it alone.  And that is my point.  

    Collaboration.  True collaboration is a mindset.  It is generous but recognizes there is nothing but freedom on the other side of that generosity.  Honestly, after years in the business it is easy to feel jaded.  But today, I feel renewed (let's pray that lasts!). And if I can promote the best in others, maybe the business won't matter.  The lack of money for artists, writers, the whole thing.  Maybe we do it for fun again, and for the love of what we experience on the other side of inspiration.  

    So here is one of the many collaborations we hope to promote with gusto this year.  Cody Qualls is one of the best live performers and singers we have experienced, so having him sing on one of our songs with us was an incredible honor.  This guy is seriously going places with his own projects and his band, FACE.  So many harmonies on this song that it gives me chills when I listen to it now.  Listen to Cody's music, go see him play a show, and buy his records.  This guy is talented, driven, honest and inspiring.  Just the sort of person we need to lift here.  Our collaboration with Cody will be coming out over the next few weeks and we know you are going to find something great in it.  

    Yes!  Working with Cody and watching him perform has raised my bar.  So grateful for other artists and what they bring to my artist soul.  It's a lonely business, but it doesn't have to be.