My Opportunity to Speak to an Unlikely Audience

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My Opportunity to Speak to an Unlikely Audience

By Colt Wilbur

Last week I had the opportunity to return to my old stomping grounds of Eagle View Middle School. Although this would be my second visit as an adult, the last time I was there was many years ago in an eager angst as I made a transition to the high school down over the hill. This time, I would be returning to address the 7th grade RB class on my life experiences, accomplishments, and lessons.

I can't tell you the amount of stages I've stepped on with different sized crowds, different levels of amenities, and different levels of pressure that I've been through in my career that I've never even bat an eye at. This time however, was a different story entirely. I was "performing" for one of my youngest audiences to date and somehow I was the most anxious I've been in a long time.

But what would a 7th grader want to hear or comprehend? What would I have wanted to hear by a man coming into my school and speaking when I was 12 years old? As I pondered what to say, I began to even ask myself what would I even want to say?

I didn't exactly pursue a conventional path after my high school educational career. I went to college for all but a month and a half, I've worked in every field and trade known to man, and I play music for a living. The last thing I wanted was for one of these kids to go home and tell their parents "a bearded tattooed man who sings and plays guitar told me not to go to college and do whatever I want."

Colt had the honor to speak to 7th graders in May at Eagle View Middle School.  Colt imparted wise wisdom to the students by sharing his story and telling them to follow their dreams.

Colt had the honor to speak to 7th graders in May at Eagle View Middle School.  Colt imparted wise wisdom to the students by sharing his story and telling them to follow their dreams.

That may be a bit too harsh for a summary of who I am. All I've ever wanted to do was inspire kids to go after what they want in this life. I wanted to step into their auditorium and encourage them to cultivate their passions and their dreams in life, first and foremost. Happiness to me has never been an account balance, the type of car parked out front of your mansion of a house, what kind of shoes you have on your feet, what kind of watch you wear on wrist; it's been peace of mind. To find your passions and pursue them with a ravenous heart.  Kindness, character, and heart cost nothing and are definitely worth more than any currency on Earth.

As they say in show biz, "the show must go on" and on it went. I spoke for about 45 minutes sharing stories, failures, successes, and goals to come. Although I didn't bring a guitar, the class was adamant about me singing a song or two. A guitar was retrieved from the nearby music department and we sang Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd together. They even wanted to hear an original tune, which really made me feel unbelievably special. We wrapped up with a "question and answer" session where I answered everything from my favorite artist to my favorite Avenger (It's the Hulk by the way). They then thanked me and I took my leave. A round of applause never sounded sweeter in my life.

This life has taught me a lot and I don't feel like I'm even close to out of its elementary stages. If you're doing what you love, giving it everything you got, and are kind to folks along the way, then that's something to be proud of.

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Colt Wilbur Honored to Play for Tubby's

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Colt Wilbur Honored to Play for Tubby's

By Colt Wilbur

March 21, 2017

I've kept quiet on the matter for the last week or so, but seeing the pictures of what remains of a stage I've stepped on and watched many great bands perform since I got into this line of work really moved me. Tubby's was monumental in getting me started here locally, they allowed a young, unknown kid with an acoustic guitar walk in and play for their patrons on several shows.

Just the feeling of standing on "the big stage" and staring out across a room people, the lights, the sound, the staff, it truly was a venue of its own. What really makes my heart smile is seeing all the musicians, patrons, and especially other clubs and venues stepping forward.  Metal bands, rock bands, country bands, anything and everything that separates us is uniting all of us, and if that doesn't say something about not only the music scene around here but the good hearts and spirits of this area we all call home than I don't know what does.

The Colt Wilbur Band looks forward to supporting the staff of Tubby's with two upcoming benefits.

The Colt Wilbur Band looks forward to supporting the staff of Tubby's with two upcoming benefits.

There are numerous benefits going on within the next couple months, with many talented bands from all walks of life and sounds stepping onto stages for this. I urge everyone who stands on stage, in the audience, or anything in between to be sure to make it out to every one of these shows you can. The people who have guaranteed us a good time, good shows, and for musicians a place to call home need us and it's time to step up to the plate and deliver.

I always tell people "support your local music scene." Being on one side of the coin I've only every thought about the musician end, but without the venues like this, there wouldn't be a local music scene. So I'll amend my original stance and say, "support you local venues". They bring the bands, they get you excited for Friday and Saturday night after a week of work, and they bust their ass on their Friday or Saturday night so you can enjoy yours. Thank you to all the people stepping forward who are coordinating these amazing events, and again, I urge all of you to come support these benefits in any way you can.

Colt Wilbur


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