I cannot believe that we have almost reached our 800th show. That is unreal. January 2017 marks the beginning of our fifth year as a band.
Wow. We have done so many incredible things during that time. My top three favorite adventures include the cross-country trip to Colorado, the wedding we played in Cozumel, and performing at the Hangout Music Festival. Thinking back to all of those memories, I am so grateful. We are so blessed to be able to do what we love and share it with others as our job.
I moved from Michigan to Florida in 2009. When I got here, one of my goals was to be a full-time musician. I remember walking around parts of Pensacola and Destin to different music venues and thinking, I would love to play music here one day.
Fast forward a few years, and I realize that we played all of those stages. It didn’t happen overnight—and it took a lot of hard work to get there—but it happened.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about positivity and direction in life. Thankfully, I am surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals who all have a very similar (if not the same) vision. It is one of the things that bring us together as a band. We motivate and strengthen each other daily because we know where we want to go and have set high expectations of getting there.
Traveling and performing across the country have been two of our goals and have been achieved many times already. The next step is playing at bigger venues that support all-original shows. Moving away from the “cover band” status and into our own sound completely is our next focus.
Our 800th show is a testament to what we can accomplish by setting our sights high and not giving up. 2017 is bringing in even more challenges for us to overcome, and we are ready.
Jess Heit is the 2016 Beachcomber Music Award winner for Best Instrumentalist. Continuum performs at the 30A Songwriters Festival Jan. 13-15. This article originally appeared on Heit’s Continuum blog and is used with permission of the author.
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