The Journey

a blog by Kyle Dunaway

April 7, 2016 - Whew, what a whirlwind these last few months have been for me and my wife, Kelly. We have successfully made our transition to Florida, joining the rest of the Dunaway family near Tampa. I am beyond blessed to have the chance to be near family once again. I haven't lived near my family in almost 10 years! I have yet to play a show down here, but it is coming soon. I am currently working on a brand new acoustic LP that will feature many of my live songs, like Anxious, Eleanor, and the acoustic version of Breeders & Bleeders. I have never been so excited and anxious - no pun intended - to release one of my albums, I think you're really going to dig it! I am hoping to release the album some time this summer. The only thing holding me back at this point is funding, but I have faith that will work itself out in time for the release! Kelly found a job very quickly at a hospital in Tampa, and I continue my job search. It is unfortunate that I have to maintain a full-time job while I continue to strive to make my mark on the music world, but all good things come with sacrifice! While I wait for the release of the album, I will be putting out a few goodies here and there, so be sure to watch for new songs and remixes! If you'd like to be updated via email when a new song drops, just join the mailing list by putting in your information at the top of this page. As always, thanks so much for your support and rock on!

December 30, 2015 - The new year is almost here! There have been a ton of changes to work through for me in recent months. Kelly and I got married in October, found out we were expecting in December, and all the while, we have been trying to prepare for our move across the country. With the news of the pregnancy, and the sudden change of plans, we have been reeling trying to get our affairs in order. Now, with Orlando, FL as the destination, my plans have changed substantially. I have been playing 3-4 shows a week since October trying to prepare for my life as a 'starving artist' in California. My plan was to play as many Open Mics as I could, trying to eventually book shows at the various iconic bars and venues around Los Angeles. While Orlando is not L.A., my plan is similar in some ways. I will still continue to try and play as many Open Mics in Orlando and Tampa as I can. However, I will definitely need to, once again, get a job to be able to bring in a consistent income as my wife prepares to take time off when the baby comes. Hopefully, I will be able to find a job that allows me to make decent money, while also allowing me the time to continue to pursue music in an aggressive manner. The unknowns continue to pile up, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't feeling the pressure. Life is funny sometimes, and I seem to be the butt of the joke quite often. Right now, it is critical that we keep our priorities in line. The baby comes first, everything else is preparation for his/her arrival. Bring it on life! Bring on 2016!!

December 24, 2015 - Merry Christmas Eve! My wife and I just got back from our little holiday in Florida, visiting my side of the family. My sister has four kids, all under the age of five. It was truly a time of love, laughter, and... patience. 8) But all-in-all, it was a wonderful trip. Aside from that, I guess there is some pretty life-altering news we've received recently that has changed a few things about the journey. Kelly is pregnant! Eight weeks today. We are so excited to try our hand at parenthood together, but also, we have been forced to re-evaluate the situation at hand. So, though California is still our goal, we have decided that our move coming up will be to Florida, instead. "I'm taking my talents to South Beach." Hahahaha... just kidding. The truth is, from what I know about pregnancy, it's not fun to go it alone. In California, we don't have any close relatives or friends, so we thought it would be better to at least be close to family so we could have support with the baby. Of course, they are thrilled! Me... I'm definitely a bit stunned, but happy. I'm excited to meet the new addition to our family! Life throws us curveballs sometimes, and hopefully we'll be able to hit this one out of the park. And, I'm not giving up. I'll still be rockin' in Orlando.

December 12, 2015 - Our house has been on the market for two weeks now, and the initial onslaught of views and showings is waning. We are still hopeful to get an offer soon, but why did no one tell us how awful it is to live in a house that is "show-worthy" for this long. I'm not much of "clean" person, although I wouldn't classify myself as a slob either. Still, the closer we get to our departure, the more the stress rises in the Dunaway house. Even our dog, Jerzi, can sense it. Times - they are a changing.

December 8, 2015 - While I continue to hustle and bustle through my weekly shows, I can't help but wrestle with doubt and cope with rejection. Some nights, the crowd is pumped and the reaction is great, other nights, I hear crickets after each song. My CD sales are down, and my social media efforts are drab, as usual. And I think I can make it in Cali? Head down, eyes focused, don't take no for an answer.

December 4, 2015 - These last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind for me and my wife. I have played 10 shows in less than a month, and while it may not seem like much, continuing to work a full time job as an AV service director really makes for a lot of late nights and early, early mornings. On top of that, my wife is beginning to take the steps necessary for our transition to California as well. As a nurse, she is lucky enough to be assured a decent job anywhere we go, but with California being a prime destination for traveling nurses, the already slow process has hit the wall, and a few semi-drastic measures will need to be taken in order for her to get her license in time. For me, this is a time of great patience and understanding. I must have the patience to help keep her calm and focused, and the understanding that she hasn't ever been in this position. Although we both made this decision to go to California, it is much harder for her than me. She hasn't ever moved away from the Dayton area, and her fears are overwhelming her in some ways. I hope that she will stay strong through this phase.

December 1, 2015 - 'Polly Gone' has arrived!! My new single, 'Polly Gone,' is now available on digital media retailers worldwide. 'Polly Gone' is my fourth standalone single to be released since 2013, and is definitely a new benchmark in songwriting and production for me. As you may or may not know, I am a solo artist. All of the different instruments and arrangements in my music are written, recorded, and performed by me in a small, but adequate, home project studio. I have been writing and recording original music for 10 years, and I can say it has taken all of those years to shape me into the producer, engineer, and songwriter I am today. Although there are days that I get discouraged, and days when the rejection monster rears its ugly head more than others, 'Polly Gone' is truly an accomplishment, and one that I am proud of. Download your copy and help give me the ability to keep making music! Download ---->

November 30, 2015 - Today I launch my new music vlog. A vlog is a lot like a blog, but instead of writing entries, my entries will be videos. Each video will be a collection of little videos of what I've worked on, shows I've played, and other strides I've taken to get better each and every day. I hope you enjoy!

November 27, 2015 - Welcome to my new blog. In it, I will document my journey from Dayton, OH to Los Angeles, CA in an effort to chase my dreams and pursue a career in music. It won't be easy, it has already proven that. But, hopefully, it will be worth it.