David Reed Watson - posted on July 9, 2016 by


I don’t watch the news… I haven’t for years. I know that news will travel to me via word of mouth. It always does. I listen to both sides of whatever the story is that travels to me and then base my own interpretation on what that story may be. The only saying is the truth… There’s your side of the story, my side of the story and then there is the truth. In my last blog I wrote about ‘truth’ and that ‘truth’ is a very individual interpretation. I don’t believe that we ever get anywhere when we say that something is ‘wrong’. We can only come to a conclusion when we acknowledge that something doesn’t work for everybody. Please feel free to read that blog if you want a deeper understanding. You can find it here. My only reason for even bringing this up is because of all of the news that has traveled to me about what happened in Dallas.

What I am not going to do here is get into what has already been said by the media. There are plenty of people that will give their opinions. What I will do is give my opinion on why I think it happened.

I can’t speak about being oppressed, or being a minority. I can’t speak of constantly looking over my shoulder ready to be blamed for something. I am a WASP. A white anglo-saxon Protestant. At least I was born that way. When they say that the world is your oyster… quite literally it is for me here in America. I don’t have money, fame or any of the things that I strive for… but I do have the potential to have all of that with no obstacles in my way except for what obstacles I create myself. It’s because I’m white. Now my Black, Hispanic and Native American brothers don’t have the freedom that I do. They are always getting looked at as a potential threat. I can never know how they truly feel, so I won’t even speculate, nor judge.

If we look back in history we had Martin Luther King, a peaceful protester and leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite all of the obstacles in his way he knew that Hate vs. Hate will only breed more Hate. The only way to balance it was with Love. Martin Luther King was killed for what he believed in. A very powerful man who influences me, this white man, to this very day. On the other side were the Black Panthers. The side that believed that they could only bring peace through other methods. Who was ‘right’ and who was ‘wrong’? Again, as I’ve stated, I don’t believe in ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, but what works and what doesn’t work. People do what they do because that is what ‘works’ for them at the time. That struggle is still going on today. I have white friends who will tell me that the black people should just get over it already. My blatant reply to them? Fuck You. Until you can walk in their shoes shut your fucking mouth.

So what do I believe? I believe that it’s all F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real.

A percentage of people out there still don’t want equal rights. Hell, there is still a KKK out there. Baffles my mind really. But I know that it is out of F.E.A.R.. These people are afraid. Afraid of what? I don’t know… I’ve never talked to one. But I have talked to several people who are afraid. It’s inbred I believe. We learn our F.E.A.R.. We aren’t born with it, it is passed down from generation to generation. The only way to break the mold is to live our lives the way that we want to without letting F.E.A.R. stop us. If your parents are prejudice it is more than likely that you will be as well unless you step away… assess your own feelings and move forward.

A number of years back, when I lived in Colorado, I wrote a song with some friends in England. I called the song F.E.A.R.. Listen to it and read the words. F.E.A.R. is an individual response and the only way to conquer it is through love and doing what you were mean’t to do on this planet. I don’t believe that there is any other way… at least not in my reality.

David Reed Watson



What’s the confusion? What’s the solution?
What’s the conclusion to a life un-lived?
Who do you turn to when your world becomes un-glued?
Follow your passion and align your dreams

Aggravation to adulation
You get what you ask for (Sometimes in extremes)

It’s just F.E.A.R. that keeps you here
You control your situation
Meditate, don’t hesitate
Clarity will wipe that F.E.A.R. away

Constant attention, and forward momentum
Keeps the addiction from coming to light
Look at your feelings, they are there for a reason
Give yourself meaning to a meaningless life

Aggravation to adulation
You get what you ask for in this world of dreams

It’s just F.E.A.R. that keeps you here
You control your situation
Meditate, don’t hesitate
Clarity will wipe that F.E.A.R. away

Meditation is my medication

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David Reed Watson - posted on July 2, 2016 by

What is your Truth?

What is your Truth?

“We both have truths… Are mine the same as Yours?”

Pilot sings this to Jesus in the song, ‘Trial before Pilot‘ in the smash Broadway show from the early 70’s,  Jesus Christ Superstar (I’ve linked the Original London cast from 1970. I consider this to be the best version. Especially because Ian Gillian from Deep Purple is Jesus). I remember hearing those words many years ago and it has always been a statement that I’ve gravitated towards. I’ve heard it in many forms since, but all in all it means the same thing… we all have beliefs and whatever those beliefs are, and if they work for us, then we stick with them. I posted this on my facebook page the other day, “Here’s a rule of thumb that will help you: If you believe that something is good, and you do it, it benefits you. If you believe that something is bad, and you do it, it is a very detrimental experience.” That was written by Abraham, and I don’t think it went over too well, that is if you measure a post upon ‘like’s. I personally don’t but I know many that do. Again… my truth is not the same as yours, nor should it be… unless it is. (Now that’s Deep!)

Why is this concept so difficult to accept? Because we think that there is a general right or wrong and once somebody states that ‘this is right’ or ‘this is wrong’ it should follow suit for everybody. But what if I believe what the Buddhist’s believe? Would I be wrong? Or take some of my gay friends… are they wrong? The problem with ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ is that they are too grey an area to define. That’s why Pilot said to Jesus when he said that his truth was different. What he believed was different. Right now in our country I see a divide, a deep divide. People fighting over ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. So do we eliminate ‘right’ and ‘wrong’? It’s kind of a Pollyanna concept in this stage of our human development. I mean, it’s a great ‘concept’ and like all great concepts we strive to move towards it. Maybe someday we will let people live their lives the way they want to. But for now we need it to keep from creating societal chaos. That being said, on an individual level we can move forward with this concept of ‘right and ‘wrong’ and understand that by eliminating it, or at least trying to eliminate it from within ourselves we can be more tolerant of others. You see, everybody is living their own dream here. We are born, we live, then we die. Each and every one of us. So what is it that we want to leave behind when we go? Do we want to live the way we want to live or the way everybody thinks we should live?

And this brings me to what I’m actually writing this blog about today.

I’ve been approached by several people this past month who want to change their lives; be it, their career, their weight, their lifestyle, or their geographical location. I’ve told each of these people the same thing…

Go for it!

I’ve told each of them to go for it because their energy is already focused in that direction… so why stop the flow? What do I mean by ‘our energy is already focused in that direction’? If you are thinking about changing your life, you are already focused on it. Your mind has already decided that it is time for a change and once you are focused on that it is very difficult to stop the focus of what you want. But unfortunately, most do. They squash their dreams. They do this because the are afraid of the change. You’ve heard me mention several times that fear is; False Evidence Appearing Real. It’s all made up. Our fear is made up in our heads because of past failures or failures of someone that we know. Society frowns upon change, but change is the only constant.

I’ll use myself as an example. When I decided that I would label myself as a ‘singer’ and not a ‘graphic designer’, it was difficult. It was difficult because I was afraid of what everyone would think. That they would laugh at me, that they would ridicule me and tell me to stick with my day job. When I shrouded myself with the label of ‘graphic designer’ it was comforting because that is what society expected of me. I was being ‘responsible’. But was I? No… I was lying to the true nature of who I am, trying to convince myself that labeling myself as a ‘singer’ was just a silly dream. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to support myself and I would end up on the street. I was afraid of what my family would think. Blah, Blah, Blah.

We’ve all been conditioned to conform to the old paradigm; Grow up, get a good job, save your pennies for a rainy day, retire and live out the rest of your days in bliss. But we know deep down inside that this is bullshit. You want proof that it’s bullshit? Talk to an 80 year old. Ask them what is important. Nine times out of ten they will tell you if they had a chance to start all over they would have become that dancer, or that guitarist, painter, etc. They would have lived their lives to the fullest. They would tell you that family is the most important thing. Their grandchildren, and that they hope their grandchildren are happy doing what they love. I want a life of no regrets and I want to go out with a bang. I want my last breath to say, “Wow! What a ride!”

So… what is your dream? What makes you happy? Why aren’t you doing it? What is stopping you?

What is your truth?

Here are a list of a few books that have helped me along my path, and by no means is this it… the list could go on for days, but these are a good starting point to help you along in your dream. Yes, I said ‘in your dream’ and not ‘towards your dream’ because you are already living it. You just haven’t accepted that yet.

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”Morpheus in The Matrix

The Law of Attraction – Jerry and Esther Hicks

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsch

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

Crooked Cucumber – The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl

Peace, Love and Light
David Reed Watson


This article can be read on Sin City Presents or the link below.



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David Reed Watson - posted on June 2, 2016 by

On The Mic (Reposted from Sin City Presents)

Welcome to the June issue of Sin City Presents Magazine!  This month we add a new recurring segment to the magazine!  You can now look forward to seeing a monthly feature on the front men/women #OnTheMic.  To kick it off we have the great pleasure of sharing David Reed Watson’s journey.  David is also one of our monthly contributors, “The Reiki Rocker” who brings us stories of spiritual enlightenment each month.  So without further adieu…. Here’s our interview with David Reed Watson.

Hello David, thank you for taking the time to talk with us.  I guess the first question should be where did you start?

I was born in North Adams, Massachusetts. My father was a banjo player and singer so I always had music in my life. I sang a lot in school, mostly doing musicals. I really didn’t start singing in Rock bands until I was 23. You see, I went in the Marines for 6 years, just trying to do the right thing, you know? I was also in Advertising for several years, living in Florida then Colorado. I didn’t make music the forefront of my life though until my sister got sick with Sjogrens. Before she passed away she asked, “When are you going to start doing music full time?” It wasn’t until she passed away that I heeded her words and still hold those words dear to my heart as a reminder that we are only here for a brief moment and that moment can be taken from us at any point and time. From that point on music took the forefront in my life. Even though it took me until my 40’s to jumpstart my career it has been my mission to keep it this way once and for all. That’s when I packed my bags and moved out to LA.

Question: LA… did you like it?

David: You can plant me pretty much anywhere and I will make the best of it. I really did like LA. I lived on the beach in Marina del Rey, so what wasn’t there to like? It’s just a very different life. I honest to God never thought I would ever live in Vegas. The last time I was in Vegas was when I was in the Marines… Wow.. I’m dating myself here… 1982. But, you know the story… I met a girl and moved here.

Question:  Since your move here to Las Vegas in 2013, what has changed the most for you musically?

David: I’ve become a lot busier.  Las Vegas is a town full of opportunities.  I was never this busy in LA.  As I was told when I moved to Los Angeles… ”You can throw a stone and hit a musician, but there is a 1% chance of finding people with actual talent.”, so the opportunities are much harder to come by.  Even though I signed with my first major (to me) band called ‘The Constant‘ in LA, they were already established in the music scene, so my actual input was minimal. Don’t get me wrong; I am incredibly grateful for the exposure they provided me.  I got to play at The Roxy, The Whiskey a Go Go, The Viper Room, etc.  However, here in Vegas I feel like the caliber of musicians is higher, and most of the situations here in Vegas are already at a “pro” level.  The musicians here in Vegas EXPECT you to come in with the chops, the motivation, and no ego; ready to actually collaborate.

Question:  Is there any one musician or person here in Vegas that has been your biggest inspiration?

David:  No, there truly isn’t ONE.  When I first moved here I saw Todd, Zach, Doc, and Rob playing together as The Sin City Sinners;  it showed how high the caliber of musicianship was here in Vegas.  After that, I went to the Zito Jams on Wednesday nights at Vamp’d and just saw so many great musicians playing together and supporting one another.  Where else but here in Vegas can you have Oz Fox say grace at Thanksgiving, and the next night be sharing a glass of wine with Jizzy Pearl?  That just doesn’t happen in LA. I have to say this… I have been very blessed here in Vegas. I’ve been offered several situations that I’m still looking at. I’ve even gone so far as to inquire about getting my own personal Manager to keep everything in focus.

Question:  What are YOU trying to accomplish in the music scene here in Vegas?

David:  I have the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute that was brought out here from LA called ‘Sweet Home Alabama‘,  I am in the Stone Temple Pilots Tribute called Purple with my friends Johnny Rude, JP Michaels and Jeff Outlaw. We’re having a lot of fun with that. We’ve done 3 shows so far; Vamp’d which we had a huge crowd, The House of Blues, that we were told were over 750 people and Vinyl we had a couple of hundred. I think we’re onto something and we really enjoy playing together. I would like to establish a good base here that could be taken into the casinos and out on the road.  But I am not focused on Vegas per se, my goal has always been world-wide.  That is something I try to do with my original band, Kill Ritual out of the San Francisco Bay area and who knows? Maybe Purple and SHA.

Question:  What is your goal with Kill Ritual?

David:  We are currently working on our second album with me (4th album for the band).  We’ve got a label, management, and a touring company;  I would love to go back out on the road and tour Europe and see what grows from there. We did a month long tour back in March that was pretty cool. I think the biggest surprise of that tour is we sold out on CD’s so by the time we hit our last show at Vamp’d we honestly had 2 CD’s left. I didn’t think people bought CD’s anymore. I guess I was proven wrong.

Question:   What is your biggest frustration as a musician?

David:  I work on the music 24/7 and it’s my main source of income. I guess you could call me impatient? I want it NOW. Hehe. Seriously though… the days of writing, recording and selling your music are pretty much gone. Do I like being in a Tribute band? Not necessarily, but it helps pay the bills. Don’t get me wrong… it is a lot of fun and I get to keep up my chops, but I wish more people were buying and listening to original music.

Question: For those people that are not in the know, your other source of income is doing Reiki. Can you explain to our readers what Reiki is?

David: Reiki is energy work, basically. Energy workers, such as myself use this healing technique to channel energy into a patient by means of touch… what we are doing is activating the natural healing processes of the patient’s body to restore physical and emotional well-being. I’m just a facilitator. The person I’m working on is really, essentially, healing themselves. I just push it into high gear.

Thank you for your time David.

David: My pleasure. Thanks for having me.

If you would like to read more about David you can go to his website; www.davidreedwatson.com, where he writes a weekly blog and where you can also hear all of the music that he’s recorded over the years as well as links to current projects, tour dates, etc.

Davie is endorsed by Godin GuitarsESP/Takamine GuitarsBlackstar AmplificationSpectraflex Cables and Clayton Guitar Picks.

Again, thank you for sharing your story with us David!  We’ll see you soon #OnTheMic!

This article can be read on Sin City Presents or the link below.


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