Nate asked me to post this for you guys. I’m heartbroken, but it sounds like there is hope for more Nate-music. -h
This message is to thank all the people who have listened to and supported Bike during the past several years since Bike’s inception. The happiest moments I’ve had writing music as Bike came during collaborations with friends, and being able to share my music with whomever wanted to listen. There is however, a time and a place, and this time and place tells me it is time to close out Bike.
Admittedly, my audience is small. I have garnered no accolades. There is no six record contract in the works. My music has never been about viability or commercial success. I simply wanted to create music for music’s sake. In that light, I believe I’ve been successful.
What do we talk about, when we talk about success? I hope that you listeners have been able to form some connection to my songs. This can be challenging when 80% of my music is instrumental; so I praise your patience. When I talk about success (brace yourself for clichés), I talk about creating a bond with the listener. Do you remember your low points in life when music seemed to save you? I hope you, the reader, have experienced this at least once in your life. Music is innate in us. The earliest people sang melodies to celebrate spirituality, love, and to re-tell their lives. In my own way, Bike has been about telling a story, albeit through clicks and pops and strums. The above is how I define success. I hope you understand.
I digress. I feel this farewell is narrowly avoiding becoming a long-winded diatribe on the ethics of music. I just want to once again thank the loyal listeners out there, and the people who have supported bike and the cause. YOU are a special breed.
I do plan to keep the bike myspace page up occasionally posting songs here and there, but nothing comprehensive. So I wave my hand in the air as I wheel Bike into the sunset. Envision F-16s leaving red, white, and blue sky trails as the music is queued and all fades to black. Thank you again and be golden my friends!
-Nathan Driver / Bike