Author: Jacob Wake Up!

Put down the drink and dance. Guitarist for @thenewlimits, bassist for hire. Marketer at @wheelockcollege. #bostonska fanboy. he/his/him.

Honoring Juneteenth

I was well into my 30s before I had learned what Juneteenth was. And it’s not a national holiday.

Christopher Columbus is a part of every grade school curriculum. And that genocidal sociopath gets a whole weekend.

That about sums up America’s legacy and priorities.

February Album Writing Month Cover Art

What I Learned During February Album Writing Month

I… I… I did it?

This year I participated in February Album Writing Month. The goal is to write 14 songs in 28 days. And, I met the goal!

Now, admittedly, a handful of the songs I wrote in that period were built from ideas, hooks, riffs, and lyrics I had kicking around before February 2019. However, the month-long challenge was my motivation for finishing them. (more…)

Learning Adobe Premiere Rush

My full time job is on the administrative staff of The Clubhouse Network (the corporate side, of sorts). On Saturday, I was helping support staff on the member-facing side (the retail side, if you will), The Flagship Clubhouse. While spending time with members and mentors, I was charged with creating something. The space places an emphasis on creating, not consuming. Additionally, we use the words “mentor” and “member” because everyone is a student. Everyone should be learning at any given time. (more…)

Not News: BossToneS Hate Nazis

This was originally published at Boston Ska (dot) net

If you disagree with these words and this sentiment then please do not continue to support The Mighty Mighty BossToneS – we don’t like you and you don’t understand us.

This was commentary that The Mighty Mighty BossToneS shared on an Instagram post following a video clip of President Barack Obama asking “How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad?” Well, it’s 2018 and making sure people are still saying “Nazis are Bad” is news. And I’m here talking about it because it’s a big deal that bands like the Bosstones are telling their Nazi-sympathizing fans to fuck right off. (more…)

Songwriting and Work Ethic Wisdom from Irving Berlin

Berlin has said that he “does not believe in inspiration,” and feels that although he may be gifted in certain areas, his “most successful compositions were the “result of work.” He said that he did most of his work under pressure. He would typically begin writing after dinner and continue until 4 or 5 in the morning.

This is wikipedia so I take it with a grain of salt, however, the sentiment still speaks to me. I would never dare compare my songwriting to that of Irving Berlin. However, I’m acutely aware that songs that don’t materialize out of thin air. (more…)

WATCH: The Interrupters Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

This post originally appeared on Boston Ska (dot) net

Apparently I’m now just an Interrupters fan blogger, truth be told, the band is having a great year. They’ve released their third album (read an in-depth review here), released a few music videos, traveled with Warped and Punk in Drublic festivals, seem to be getting interviewed in Billboard, and generally can’t be stopped! (more…)