YOU ARE THE FUEL

by billy burke on July 13, 2010

There are few times in my life I can remember the anticipation of an event actually being outshone by it’s happening. I’m sure I’m not alone in recognizing that most times the climaxes we so fervently strive for, will pale in comparison to the dreamy visions we allow ourselves leading up to them.

The realization of this record showing up anywhere on a BILLBOARD CHART (this week #48 on the “Heatseekers” list) Much less becoming the NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER on CD Baby, the world’s largest online distributor of independent music, has left me in unfamiliar territory. I don’t know what the opposite of disenchanted is… but for the first time in a long while, that’s what I’m feeling and it’s pretty fucking great.

The upshot of this post is to exclaim in no uncertain terms that YOU who are reading this are directly responsible for the success this project is having. There is no ugly corporate monster pulling switches and manipulating the sales or promotion of this album. There’s no motive other than the desire to provide you all with some music that in turn, just happens to provide ME with an artistic outlet I’ve kept bottled up for more than a few years. In short, (and at the risk of sounding ridiculous) it’s just about LOVE, people. Love and music– the two undeniable, universal languages. It is solely the love and support that’s coming from all of YOU that is fueling this machine and with a portion of the album’s proceeds going to Vh1′s “Save The Music” program, we couldn’t be prouder or more ambitious to spread it as far and wide as we can.

I must confess that self promotion is an animal I’ve attempted to elude battle with throughout my entire career. My distaste for it even now, will no doubt keep me from saying some things that those around me would urge me to. It is only necessity that has compelled me on this new and long awaited venture to pick up my own megaphone and shout the word to anyone with willing ears. So, I guess what I’ve learned is– if you have a mission, there is no substitute for belief in yourself and with that, there is no shame in expressing that belief. It’s unlike me to be even mildly exhilarated by ANYTHING, but at this moment, I find myself on the precipice of a new awakening to EVERYTHING. I owe this revelation to all of YOU and I just wanted thank you for it.

Lastly, I must mention that releasing this album independently has taken tireless effort and selfless dedication from many people other than myself. Although I did put up my own funds to pay for this adventure, I have no desire to make it a narcissistic source of income. Those who know me would easily testify that my interest here is only to make music and create a way for it to be enjoyed by those who dig it. However, In order for that to happen and for “Save The Music” to benefit from the sales of this record, we do have to cover the costs. Once we sell enough units to do so, the kids’ music programs will get some money and everything else will go straight back into making music, videos and whatever else keeps the machine running. So… if you’re into what we’re doing here and you want to hear and see more, I ask only that you keep doing what you’re doing and help us promote by any method you choose. Retweets, Facebook, word of mouth, whatever– it’s all working.

You can order physical and digital copies of the album at CD Baby.

The album can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon as well.

Once again, thank you &
Much, much love my friends
-bb

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Lin April 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

Hey Billy,

Gosh it’s been ages since I visited. Sorry about that. Just wanted to stop by to say Hi and hope your all well and enjoying life. Have you any plans to do another album? Would love to hear more from you. Take care.
Love and hugs to all

Lin xxxxxxxxxxxxxx : )

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savary sylvie December 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm

je vous souhaite de bonne fêtes et une bonne et heureuse année
pleins de bonheur

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@Mishakhal November 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Woooow !! So touching post !! I love the way you write, the way you use words to make images which becomes sounds for a feeling song… Wonderful !! (You should write -books I mean – if you didn’t make it already…)

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Cathy H November 26, 2010 at 1:28 am

Hi again Billy!

I just posted something a few minutes ago at 8:15 pm eastern time on your birthday (11-25-2010) and the time that was on the post was 1:12 am Nov. 26. What time zone is this website? Anyway, Happy Birthday again from North Carolina!!!

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Cathy H November 26, 2010 at 1:12 am

Hi Billy!!
I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday and you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. I am enjoying your music so much that I want more. Please put out some more music ASAP!!! As always, I look forward to seeing you on the big screen as well as TV. Keep it real. Wishing you all the best from North Carolina.

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Lindy November 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hi Billy
Wasn’t sure where to leave this message…. Happy Birthday!! Hope this year rewards you with magical moments that take your breath away. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us.
Much Love from South Africa
Lindy

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Heather Culhane October 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I grew up in Louisiana in a small town called Ponchatoula (about 30min from Baton Rouge). My whole family still lives all around there from Baton Rouge to Slidell to Ticfaw. If you need a break and want to take a boat ride down the river back in the swamp, you should take a trip to Ticfaw river (I spent my summers there @ my grandparents camp). My best memories of childhood are on that river, fishing, running trout lines, swimming and jst listening at night (no windows only screens and a tin roof) to the sounds of the woods all around us. The house was built half on land and half in the water, there was an alligater more than once in the front yard. I don’t know how much they have you written into the movie compared to the book but however long you are there Enjoy all Louisiana has to offer. Oh and if you are there around March don’t forget the crawfish!!

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Lin October 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Hey Billy,
Thought I’d better stop by and say Hi! Hope things are going great for you. Been away to Majorca and just got back. It rained nearly every day! :( but there was some sun most days too. The rain meant that I had to stay at the hotel and spend time in the bar! That was a chore, I can tell you. I survived though only because one of the bartenders took pity on me and gave me a free drink…or two! At least it was warmer than here in the UK though. I had a relaxing time away from the stresses of work, that was the main thing. I was glad to get back in my car and be able to listen to Removed.
Take care
Love and hugs
Lin xxxxxxxxxx : )

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THAIS MORAES September 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Hi all well?
I wanted to know is when you’ll come to Brazil?
When you call me is vie (11) 86545308
kisses
Thais

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Bella August 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

hi Billy!
I’m Italian and I know the words of your new single Because Resco not find them.
Thank u very much.
By Bella

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Bella August 30, 2010 at 9:49 am

Hey Billy, I’m an Italian fan your and your single I like, I do nothing but listen continuously. You are really good and I hope you will do much singing career in Italy.
I love u!
By Bella

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Lin August 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Hey Billy, Just stopping by to say hello! Haven’t been on for a while, hope things are going great for you. The album is amazing and I have it in my car. Although it only takes me about 10 mins to get to work and then back on a night so it takes me a while to listen to the whole album. It’s very relaxing, which is what I need at the moment before and after work. So I wanted to say Thanks. Love and hugs Lin xxxxxxxx : )

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Anabelle August 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Hello again
Billy, I loved your song and I got the video on yuotube
I love your voice, I hope to buy your album
congratulations
Love Belle

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Kimmy August 4, 2010 at 6:13 am

Hey BB, finally listened to the album, downloaded it from itunes. Listened to it while watching the rain fall outside on a lazy chilly sunday afternoon. Very mellow. Even the cat enjoyed it. :)

Cheers

Kimmy

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Lisa Jabara July 31, 2010 at 3:22 am

Okay so ….now I know you play and God help me, that makes you REALLY sexy now! And speaking of which, how is it that your speaking voice illicits such a response from me as does your singing voice? Is it because you play a guitar? I think so! Also do you own or have you seen the Taylor GS Mini? It is one of those really cool but it actually works guitars…everyone has one. Bruce Greenwood, Tommy Shaw, The Bacon Bros., uhhhh, I want one….Go there! look! listen! and get yourself one you will love Bruce Greenwoods endorcement. and you’ll love the Taylor GS Mini…think portability, sound quality, taking it anywhere. I was inspired by all you Twilight Men! And now truly I think I finally found the missing puzzle piece of my life…that one thing, that inspires me to want to get out of bed in the morning and carry on…and the last thing I do every night before tucking in. I gotta pick up my guitar and practice the strumming style of whomever I’ve been watching during the day. Thanks for your inspiration Billy Burke…I love your style and your voice!

keep strummin’. and singin’ and actin’.
Now because of Twilight I’ve discovered another note worthy actor who also plays guitar! As soon as I get good enough I’m gonna share.
thanks
Lisa J.

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Magdalena July 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm

You could not be sexier if you tried, I just had to say it!! :)

You have amazing talents, you are a wonderful actor and you have an awesome voice, I really hope you keep recording more music, loved this first single.

Wishing you tremendous success!

Magda

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Julie July 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Your voice is amazing Billy! Please keep writing and singing. Love it all–

Julie

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Marc Dawson July 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Hey Billy, awesome sound!

Some bird is promoting you in an interview on youtube. It’s around 05:00:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xTGPkHw-lw

Keep up the great work, man!

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Shelly July 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm

bb, you’re great. hollywood should take a lesson in humility from you. love the cd and the photos in the jacket. looking forward to many more albums from you. and most important, thanks for giving back :)

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Elena July 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Billy, you have an amazing voice – your song has moved me. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Greetings from Italy!

All the best (which you definitely deserve),
Elena

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