This Friday will be the final edition of the Friday Favecast (FFC). Why didn't I say something earlier? Because I knew you'd try and talk me out of it! This is something I've contemplated for a while and finally realized that we've had an incredible run and now it's time to move on. It's not just one, but five reasons (in no particular order) why I've decided to make this departure: 01 I'm Time Starved Although this is nothing new, the demands on my time have become more important and proper time management is more critical now than ever. I've had to say "no" to a lot of things and people and, while I hate to disappoint, I can't help anyone if I'm stressed too thin, dig? Above all else, I am a husband and father. . . no need to elaborate further on that. On the musical tip, I've just beta-launched GROOVMNT-- a new site co-founded with my brothers: Will Dawson (Dawson's Ink / Friday Fives), Todd Kelley aka The Big La (Flowink), EJ Flavors (Old School Wednesdays) and KB (JustSayKB). I'm also scheduled to drop a series of EPs with Cross Country Collective aka C3 -- a virtual band featuring musicians on three different coasts. On the literary tip, I have two (2) books that I need to publish plus two (2) more still in progress (one of which is a cookbook to help preserve the sexy of your culinary skills). I would love to crank out a screenplay as well as write songs for my peeps working on stageplays right now. I can't do it all and the FFC isn't as high on the priority list as it once was. 02 The Saturation The landscape of podcasting has changed dramatically since I jumped into the game in 2006. There are at least 10-12 podcasts I listen to on a weekly basis and the Music Podcasting Consortium includes nearly 30 podcasters who share their love of all music genres on a consistent basis. Simply put, I won't be missed nor will I lose out on discovering great music through my peers. The void (of finding good music online) has been more than filled. I'm not needed as much as I'd like to believe. 03 The Skits By now, you should know that I do all the voices (e.g., Annie Mae Jenkins, Slim Jim Neckbone and "Trailer Park" Earl) for my skits. These characters are based on people I've met on my journey and it's a stress relieving part of my podcasting production (I think they're funny as all get out). Nevertheless, there's only so much I can do with a geriatric MC, unknown blues legend and a belligerent country bumpkin -- without becoming redundant. I feel I reached that point somewhere in 2009, but I tried to hold on. It's time to let go, y'know? 04 I've Reached My Goals When I started the FFC, I simply wanted to play hot music and connect like-minded people who shared my love for underserved artists. In three years, I've met award-winning authors and created fun segments to put in between the music. I was invited by the US Navy to board an aircraft carrier and share my experiences with the crew. I've dedicated episodes to the empowerment of young girls as well as shared the mic with my children. I got to meet and befriend artists I've admired for years (e.g, Eric Roberson, Foreign Exchange, Zo!, etc.) and work with talented journalists (e.g, SoulBounce). The blessings from this podcast have afforded me to attend the GRAMMYS and host Houston's first podcamp. And the connections I've made with brilliant people around the world is priceless. What more can I do with this thing? I'd hate to jump the shark and descend from the great heights I've been blessed to reach by continuing to write in this chapter unnecessarily. 05 It's Time for Growth In light of the accomplishments, there's so much more for me to experience and I'm convinced that the FFC is no longer the primary vehicle I need to continue my journey. It's time to commence a new era and that requires my shifting the focus inward and working on me so I can be of better service to my family and community...on and offline. The FFC is a flowerpot in which I have outgrown and I need to plant myself in a bigger pot in order to reach my full potential. Can you dig it?
This is why the Friday Favecast must come to an end. It's been a fantastic ride that has exceeded anything I could have ever imagined. The FFC has been there through my job transitions, failed relationships, family struggles, relocations, marriage, hurricanes, deaths, computer upgrades and fitness training (which I also started back).
Now it's time for something else and I hope you continue to ride with me. I promise it will be amazing.