Hope Ranch Beach. the Series. E.
Today I decided to sit down & write this. Today I chose to let you all into my world a bit deeper. Today I chose to share a story with you, not the whole story - but a piece, a meaningful peace. I often find myself day dreaming of my past, almost reliving certain memories & wondering how I made it out alive. Not reliving them in the way of being stuck in the past or fantasying about the moments – more in astonishment & wonder of how I was able to be in those places & still be where I am today writing about them. I am not anywhere near the fully recovered street addict, as I’ll put it for now, that I strive to be although I am getting closer & closer with each passing day. I sometimes wonder why I was chosen to live & uplift & some were not. I used to strongly believe that I wasn’t worthy of the title. That belief has yet wavered & broken ever so slightly. I have faith in myself nowadays, not all days, but most days - more days than I used to. I have faith that I will succeed in bringing my dreams to life, in making them my life. This is a fairly new feeling. I grew up with the belief that I would be nothing & amount to nothing but a bum on the streets of Santa Barbara. During a handful of years, I truly believed this to be my fate. During my mid-late teenage years I often slept on the streets, in a tube of a playground, & during most days/evenings, I partied with friends & people who lived in large houses & had money to fund most activities they saw fit for the day. You see, even though we all came from different backgrounds & were raised in different ways, we still connected. We were all in the same place – sharing the aspects of hurt, personal pain, partying & the struggle to find ourselves. That place was Hope Ranch.
Hope Ranch is my Mecca of Santa Barbara. Although for the friends & family I know who live inside Hope Ranch, it is simply - home. My grandparents live in Hope Ranch. We often visited as a youth but it always felt like another world to me. As we drove through the entrance - looked up at the gate & the palm tree lined drag, which is Las Palmas drive, I would be transported to another world - a carefree, happy world where nothing but happiness & fun was allowed. Staying with friends in Hope Ranch was dope. Being allowed access into Hope Ranch Beach, one of the best beaches in Santa Barbara County, was a gift beyond words. I was & still am extremely blessed to make memories at this beautiful beach countless times during barbeques, family get togethers, bon fires, beach days, etc. (Given all the times I was not with my immediate family these memories consisted of drinking, drugs & various acts of debauchery.) I am thankful to all who are within these memories. Hope Ranch was to me, & many, a getaway of sorts, a Wonderland you could call it. Thus the title of one of my most well received albums to date, “Wonderland”, which actually had a lot to do with Hope Ranch & the times I’ve spent inside its gates. So, I suppose in some ways you could say “Wonderland” was the beginning of the Hope Ranch Series while still achieving to be a completely separate entity. Go to datpiff.com
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Hope Ranch literally become a “hope” for me, a hope that one day I could live as a permanent resident. Not a vagrant. A hope that one day I could be in a nice big house with the nice dogs & the manicured lawns. A hope that I could be better, live better than I was. I love the name Hope Ranch exactly for that matter. It meant holding the faith, holding the vision, holding the dream and never letting go. Get to the positive place in your head, spread positivity, and find your Hope Ranch. That’s what Hope Ranch means to me. That’s why I started the whole Hope Ranch series. To give hope, to show that you can achieve any & all your dreams. While at the same time giving you a personal account of me & what part of my home town means to me. Listen.
I’ve spent thousands upon thousands of hours inside the gates of Hope Ranch & have had numerous friends & family who are residents of this beautiful community. Thank you all for everything - you know who you are. “Hope Ranch Beach” LP - my next major solo release is my best work yet. I will release it to the world on June 19th, 2015 although if you know me personally or see me around I already have physical copies printed & available for purchase. I chose this date specifically because it is the birthday of my fiancé & better half, which mind you, I met 8 years ago in Hope Ranch - at one of the big houses which belonged one of our close friends - during one of these many parties myself & said close friends were involved in. HR has never let me down. This date is the most important date in my life so why not release my most important & personal album to date on June 19th.
These memories were first brought to light with the official Hope Ranch tape, simply titled “Hope Ranch” EP by Elliott Niezel. The follow up “Hope Ranch Rejects” LP - was a collection of songs & freestyles that didn’t make the final cut for the coming Hope Ranch Beach album. Both of these projects are currently available for free on www.elliottniezel.com
- I appreciate your support along this journey.
– Thanks for your time. Blessings and Positivity.