Since graduating college , i have had two thoughts on my mind:
"What the hell am I gonna do now?" and "How the hell did I get such and Radonkulous van?" The latter taking precedence when the former gets too loud. As of this exact moment in time and space, I, Tim Jack Wilkins, am living in a van. Yes it is true, after 4 1/2 years of higher learning i have taken the big step into Vanhood. I admit this with esteem and honor and a tiny fart of shame. I think if somebody would have told me ten years ago that i would be graduated, living out of a van, Yoels house, and my moms place, with a steady income being made off of street performing and playing in a Gospel Church in the Ghettoest part of San Francisco, I would probably tell them to pass the doobie to the left hand side. Alas, this is my reality. So what now? Is the future looking bright for Tim WIlkins? Will a life of Ad-VAN-tures, music, brotherhood, inconsistent income, and the occasional peak experience suffice? So far, so good.
Right now The Beggars are in for some changes, and have some big things planned, and I am proud that we have in the works our first full length album with a thank you list, cover art, the WHOLE SCHABANG MAN! We are shooting for its release early to late August. So look out for that. And to close, I shall remind you, that right now, in this moment, you are perfect and beautiful. Your life, however it may be forming, is your art, and you are the artist. I encourage you to make art that makes you happy, and inspires others through its existence. Much Love.
Today is beautiful. I woke up for the first time in the van I bought to help the beggars in our own custom pursuit of happiness. The van has two working titles at the moment: "The Vantasy" or "The Great AdVANture". Perhaps both titles will be useful at different moments.
Our band is still very young, and still in the process of exploring itself, understanding how it works, and curiously wondering "what does this button do?". We have come a long way in the 5 months since we formed, and a great amount of love and brotherhood has formed in the times in between. In fact, in 5 days from we are all driving to Santa Clarita to play a graduation party, our first road trip together. We have "high" hopes for this trip indeed.
However, this blog post is not meant to focus on us, but to honor an individual that has done so much for us, and that individual is none other than our band manager Rochelle Ramirez.
Rochelle is the reason that we have a website to blog on. She is the reason that any and all "total babes" and "stand up guys" we come in contact with can be handed a 2X3 inch card letting them be informed of their awesomeness. She is the reason we have a facebook page, a youtube account, a mailing list, prototype t-shirts, a logo, shows to play, and people to play for. She is also the person that has inspired half the songs we play. There is no way to repay your kindness and love, we can only think to tell you that we are grateful and lift you up as high as we know how.
We wish you the best of luck in Hawaii, as you embark on your new position as a high school teacher in the Teach For America Program. We love you. Thank you.
How is a song created? Who creates it? Does it create itself? I heard once upon a dream, that above us lives a sea of "ifs" and within us exists a desert of "whats" and they are separate, until they are beckoned to merge. When they do merge they create an ocean and..... what am i talking about? I dont know, i am just writing. But i do wonder where they come from. Where any great ideas come from for that matter. This song is what got me thinking about it. Its is one of my favorite Beatle's songs. Take a listen.