The COVID-19 pandemic has been a time of immense challenges and disruptions in all aspects of our lives, including the music industry. For musicians, the closure of concert venues, canceled tours and the limitations on physical interactions have presented significant hurdles. However, amidst these unprecedented times, a story of resilience and determination has shone through. Dan “DJ” Freeman not only battled against a brain aneurysm, but also managed to release a CD during the pandemic, showcasing the power of human spirit and the indomitable nature of music.
Freeman started playing the trombone in seventh grade. He eventually put together the V-10 Band in the spring of 2008 with the idea of bringing together great players who wanted to arrange, rehearse and play out.
He retired for a short time and returned with original music of his own. He promised himself he’d do something with his work. Just as he was preparing to launch his CD titled “The Back In The Day Project” and embark on a series of live performances, fate dealt him a challenging blow. He faced an uphill battle after surviving a ruptured brain aneurysm. The recovery process demanded his undivided attention, leaving little room for the pursuit of his passion. Despite the daunting circumstances, Freeman refused to let go of his dreams and held on to the hope of releasing this music to the world.
While the musician was navigating their personal health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, bringing the music industry to its knees. Concerts were canceled, recording studios shut down, and the usual channels of promotion and distribution came to a standstill. It seemed as though Freeman’s dream of releasing a CD would be further delayed, if not entirely crushed.
In the face of adversity, his determination grew stronger. He realized that although the world was undergoing profound changes, there were still opportunities to bring local artists together. Instead of succumbing to despair, he decided to embrace the shifting paradigm and adapt to the circumstances. This newfound perspective opened doors to creative solutions that would allow artists to collaborate and release the project, even amidst a pandemic.
The virtual landscape became a haven for artists during the pandemic. Musicians turned to online platforms like Sparkx Radio Network to connect with their audiences, live-stream performances and share their music globally. Leveraging modern technology, the artists coordinated recording sessions at Colorado Sound Recording Studios where musicians from different bands in Colorado contributed their talents to the project. This not only added a dynamic element to the music, but also allowed the artists to forge connections and build a supportive community in the midst of isolation.
Finally, after months of perseverance, Freeman’s “The Back In The Day Project” is available featuring All About Love and I Can I Will. The artist navigated the challenges of manufacturing physical copies during a time of supply chain disruptions and limited resources. Despite these obstacles, he managed to ensure the availability of CDs for those who still preferred the tangible experience. Simultaneously, he made the music available for digital download and streaming, leveraging the power of online platforms to reach a wider audience.
Credited artists on the CD include: Co-Authors, Dan Freeman, Duane Lucas and Larry Davis; Rhythm Section, Philip Weightman (Drums), John Akal (Percussions), Reggie Carter (Bass Guitar), Scooter Barnes (Lead Guitar), Drew Buckner (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Greg Goodloe (Lead Guitar), and Freddie Rodriguez (Keyboards and Synthesizer); Horns Section, Dan Freeman (Trombone), Fly McLard Alto (Tenor Sax), Sax, Tony Exum, Jr. (Alto Sax), and Gabriel Mervine (Trumpet); Vocals, Duane Lucas, Dan Freeman, Skip Lynch, Linda Styles, Linda Theus-Lee, Gary Wilson, Alton Williams and Palence Bradshaw; Colorado Sound Recording Studio, Kevin Clock (Owner and Sound and Recording Engineer), Don Berry (Sound Engineer), and Jess (Secretary).
The journey of releasing a CD through a pandemic and overcoming illness is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of music. The artists’ determination to fulfill their passions, despite personal setbacks and external challenges serves as an inspiration to all. It reminds us that even in the darkest of times, creativity and the unwavering pursuit of our dreams can help us find solace and triumph over adversity. The story of Freeman’s unwavering spirit is woven into the fabric of his music.