Dave Theisen- celebrating progress
With a subtle southern drawl, Dave Theisen, 25, illustrated his journey and how he became ‘Sleepy Boy Blue’.
Dave began playing music in High School, where he started a band called the ‘The Narcissists’. He quickly became, as he says, “a bit of an ego-maniac”, because he had to adopt this rock-star persona. He said, “I would write these terrible songs about being a womanizer and doing drugs, It was fun to play that character”.
In college, Dave continued on his bad ass path of Rock & Roll life, becoming known as White Blues, and eventually White Blues and the Highway shoes. At a certain point, Dave stopped playing a persona and became a character: “I became this character that represented all the things I hated”. Doing drugs and womanizing, people never called him by his first name in college; they called him, ‘White Blues’.
After graduating, with a degree in Journalism and experience in raging, Dave started using drugs quite heavily, and eventually, stopped writing altogether. Wednesday’s show at Mister Rogers will be his year and half mark of sobriety.
After breaking up with his girlfriend, and doing things that Dave today would be ashamed of, he realized he needed a change. So he turned to his music, once again: “I started writing these really dark songs about being stuck. One of them is the song ‘The Door’ which I’ll be playing Wednesday night”. ‘ The Door’ is all about him feeling trapped and unable to get out; the words of the chorus are, “How can I insert the key when I can’t find the door?”
Once Dave entered the program, it was all uphill from there. He adopted a new persona, or perhaps, just became himself. Now known as ‘Sleep Boy Blue’, Dave’s shows aren’t filled with rage and rock, instead they are relaxed and humble. Dave said, “It’s not as fun. People don’t start yelling and dancing and getting rowdy. They are more personal. They’re not cheesy Rock and Roll songs. I’m trying to be more honest, and tell my story in the hopes that I can help inspire a few people”.
Come watch as Dave shares his milestone with all of us at ‘For Locals By Locals III’ through the very music that got him to the place he is today.