The First Blog Post for The Diplomatic DJ Blog.
You know, I’ve been planning my first blog post for a while now. I asked myself countless times how this would look. An EPIC “ I’VE BEEN WAITING TO SAY THIS FOR A LONG TIME” opinion piece? A lighthearted “ I hope you enjoy this blog,” filled with inspiration and yoga?
Even after all the anticipation, the constant back and forth with myself or “ am I really doing this,” sometimes, you just have to “do it for the story.” Caution: this method can lead into trouble but 9 times out of 10 you really do gain an awesome story to tell. If not, you at least have a good life lesson on what not to do.
My story of creating this blog sort of falls under my aforementioned “tidbit of wisdom.” Rewind around 8 years ago when a young Phillip had brunch with his mom, aunt, godchild, and nephew. His aunt told him ,“you need to blog Phillip!” Young Phillip thought about this, but had no idea what he could possibly write about. Plus, Facebook and Twitter seemed to be just fine so why bother. He shrugged it off as a “maybe next year,” type thing. Silly Philly.
Fast forward to a year ago, Phillip now went by Phil and was a fresh Penn graduate thinking “the world is my oyster.” Well, what a mean oyster because that oyster stayed closed while I spent hours on a job search that seemed to lead me to dropping my resume into a black abyss. In between breaks of tweaking my cover letter, I did a lot of thinking, praying, and day dreaming.
At first, I day dreamt of being a successful international DJ in the league of Carnage, Tiesto, Skrillex, and many others. I thought,” Phil, I mean, you have the music acumen, the creativity, ‘the ear,’ this isn’t completely far-fetched.” I created a DJ name (DJ PhiDa), found what sub-genre of EDM I wanted to explore and pursue, and had a elaborate plan of how The Weeknd would discover me, it all seemed “plausible.” Once I downloaded the free trial of Abelton live and started crafting the song I crafted through a series of daydreams, I decided to table that song and reevaluate life.
Still with me?… Good! I promise this story will make sense.
Simultaneously, while I was job searching and making “headway” into becoming a DJ, I decided it’s time to continue to nurture and improve my knowledge when it comes to international affairs, domestic affairs, and general “happenings” occurring around the globe. I discovered that I actually enjoyed reading about current events outside the context of school… which may sound strange since I am looking towards a life in foreign affairs. However, there is something special about finding a true enjoyment out of something for your own fulfillment. I also noticed that I could better handle conversations with peers who had a firmer foundation in world events and theories going on… maybe they really read their textbooks… NOT saying I didn’t “really read” my textbooks or anything(my mom will probably read this;your son was/is a good boy and a good student).
I SAID ALL OF THIS TO SAY, after much thought, consideration, prayer, advice, I finally decided to go through with it. I decided, to “Do it for the Story.” I was tired of sitting at my computer thinking “woah, a blog would be cool… but nah.” I decided to take a leap of faith, forget my insecurities, and go for it.
So here it is..Phil Davis Presents: The Diplomatic DJ Blog… The Diplomatic DJ is a blog that offers guidance in spicing your music lives. Maybe you want your playlists to be “lit”, or you want to know about cool concerts to attend and concerts you may want to avoid. This blog will help. This blog will explore various international and domestic affairs. If you want a stripped down easier to digest discussion on current, past, and future happenings n in the world, you should definitely stick around. This blog will offer advice, perspective, and other awesomeness that span between both music and international affairs… a cultural bag of goodies, if you will.
So if you’ve enjoyed this story and think I’m really “up to something,” stay tuned! This is only the beginning.