Note From Tommy Black
Hello friends. Just wanted to let you all know that my new band,
Beyond The Ashes will be performing in Birmingham at the Rock'n
Horse on 01/28/05. I would love to see you all come out and hang
out with us and watch the show. There will be three bands on the
bill for only $5. The show is 21 and up. It's a Friday night and
what better way to spend it than to come out and support the band
while catching up with old friends. Please let me know if you
could possibly be coming. Tommy Black is from the Dora High School
Class of 1996.
||Tommy Black Class of 1996
Since High School I have been working for Charter Communications.
I currently work in the Jasper office as a dispatcher, but I am in
motion to move up within the company if music doesn't take off.
I am currently residing in the enemy territory (aka Cordova), but
am looking forward to moving out and hopefully into Dora or Sumiton
in a month or so.
I have been involved in music for ages. I went through a lot of things
that children shouldn't go through: being subjected to things that
many would consider to be abuse; physical, mental, and verbally, and
also being molested by a relative, being harassed by other kids and
many other distasteful things throughout my childhood. I chose to
deal with those things by writing lyrics in my room and keeping to
myself. I stayed away from drinking, drugs, and violence and just
kept writing. In 1995 our foreign exchange student, Mario Campos approached
me about starting a band. From there it became a way for me to deal
with my issues. I have always been kinda to myself and this lets me
express myself. I took a break from the music scene from 1998 till
now. 7 years away has allowed me to grow up a lot and see a lot of
things that really bother me within the world, so it gives me plenty
to write about.
My future plans are just to do whatever I have to do to keep myself
happy in life. Being away from music for 7 years left me with a void
that kept me very unhappy. I used to play music to try to be a rockstar
and try to "make it." These days I play music to give myself
a release and be happy with myself. If the fame comes with it then
it's just a bonus. As far as the band, this year has already started
out amazing. We have been signed to a local production company called
Pure Rock Productions, whom is booking us on some great festivals
to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. We plan to play as
many shows as we possibly can.
I would like to say that I am proud of making it
through all the tough times. Those of you who do know me realize
that I came up with my friends being the only family I had at times.
I want to thank everyone that ever supported me or was there for
me to help me make it through the times. Without you I would have
likely did some of the stupid stuff that was in my head in order
to get even. I see on the news that kids are doing the crazy stuff
that I had considered doing in order to get attention or end the
pain that has been brought upon them. To any kids that have those
thoughts: there are other alternatives. Don't turn to violence,
drugs, or drinking. If you have a friend that has troubles at home
then make sure that you support them and keep them with a level
I would love to see anyone who might want to come out to a show
and hang out. It would be great to hang out with old friends and
catch up. Also anyone out there can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org