My name is Dana B .... @greatdabu. I’m very excited to be with ya'll here on Steemit. Not only will I be sharing my latest musical creations here, my future Steemit posts will expand on my many years of creative experiences —— this old Steemer gots some good stories !
I co-own a recording studio in Minneapolis, MN. We operate out of an incredible 115 year old Victorian 3-story home. Our family bought this way back in 1984 —— and we transformed it into a studio business and a rooming house for musicians and artists. Somehow we've kept this creative habitat going for over 30 years!
I was introduced to Steemit by my nephew @Mada, a brilliant artist and writer, who’s been living here and helping us keep the place going for quite some time.
Over the years, I’ve played in more than a few original bands, written many many songs and recorded for numerous musical projects. In addition to writing lyrics and playing keyboards, I taught myself this crazy new digital language called MIDI, and learned all about sampling, sequencing, and synthesis This blew my creative opportunities wide open.
In the early 90's, I was quite fortunate to be hired as Prince’s keyboard tech, and traveled around the world on his “Diamonds and Pearls” tour. We played to huge crowds all over western Europe, Japan, and Australia.
As if that wasn't thrilling enough, during that time I was introduced to the amazingly talented Rosie Gaines, who was singing and playing keyboards in Prince’s band as a member of the New Power Generation. We hit it off right away, and I started co-writing songs with Rosie and (her then husband) Francis Jules. Ultimately (long story short) this lead to us recording an album for Motown.
Then, Lo and Behold, a dance remix of the title track of that album “Closer than Close” became a huge hit in the U.K. in the mid-nineties. I definitely didn't see that coming ....
Very much fun and huge excitements!! But .... there's also been plenty of hard knocks and all kinds of interesting stories to go along with these brief highlights of bygone days. So for right now ..... I’m still in Minneapolis. Still a sound engineer. Still writing lyrics and poetry. Still composing music. And now I'm blogging on Steemit ! Yay!
Lately my highest excitement has been writing in a new style I’m calling “Sound Poems”. I've got about a dozen of them in the works. I beleive Steemit is a great platform for releasing them. Plenty of poetry and music love here!
This first sound poem is about an earthling who makes contact with the aliens who hybridized the human race So Many Eons Ago.... it's called “e Vo Lu TiNg” I just finished the video and will keep it unlisted for a few days to make it a Steemit Exclusive Release!
So many thanks for reading and listening. I’m totally psyched about getting involved with this super creative crypto-financed social network. I'm definitely open to collaborating with with other Steemit poets and musicians.
I’ve been glued to Steemit since the first time I seen it. Write On!