• Follow your dreams

    David Mills is the twenty-four year old lead singer of Long Ladder Home. This is the story of his dream.

    David Mills is the 24-year-old lead singer of Long Ladder Home. This is the story of his dream.


    My name is David Mills. I’m from Peoria, Illinois, and have been playing, performing and writing music for over five years. As a child, I grew up watching my Dad play in a rock/country band. I knew from an early age that I loved music. I just never knew how it would affect my life.

    After high school, I went to college studying psychology. I was accepted to medical school shortly after and planned on going. It seemed like a safe life path to take. I had been doing music on the side for some time but never thought of it as a serious goal. How can I give up such a great career, making so much money, for such a chance? Would giving up possible financial comfort in the medical field truly be compensated by my passion for music? It would take a period of life introspection to reach the point of choosing my true passion.

    In 2009 my Uncle Mark was diagnosed with colon cancer. At first he remained normal in his life but quickly started digressing. It was very apparent that our days would be limited. My Uncle and I embraced every moment that we had together. We spent a lot of time together during the next three years of his life. We talked about life, love, religion, sports and many other things. My uncle covered every topic he could possibly think of in that time we spent together. One of the most meaningful conversations we had came towards the end of his fight, when he knew his days were shortly numbered.

    He talked to me about regrets he had and dreams unfulfilled. He shared stories of love and passion. His goal was always to teach me and to make me better, even now after he’s gone. He told me if music was where my heart was, then I should be there too. School can wait. Live your dream while you still can. Be passionate and be courageous in your choices. Mark was the Fire Chief in Streamwood, Illinois, and was one of the most courageous people I had ever known.

    Mark died in 2012. I finished my program that I was in (pre med) and then I stopped going. Every day, I spend any time I can working on my music. I’ve recorded two albums, played countless shows, traveled, met so many amazing people, and have really found myself. I wouldn’t change this decision for anything. I make it a point to share my story and I’m even working with The American Cancer Society on some things currently. Thank you for being a part of my journey. It’s never about the destination and when/if you get there. It’s about that journey that leads you there.

    You can find my band, Long Ladder Home, on YouTube, Facebook, Reverbnation, ITunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Band Camp, Cd Baby, Instagram, Yahoo, Gmail, Twitter and many more simply by searching our name! Please feel free to reach out to me here: longladderhome@yahoo.com I respond as much as I can!

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    • Very good David. I spent the only happy days of my childhood right across the river in East Peoria. I still have friends there so I’m hoping some of them will hear you sing some day as I have…

      • Kat

      • December 17, 2014 at 9:39 am
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      I am so enormously proud of this column and David’s contribution to forwarding the arts in our world. Keep singing my friend, the world needs to be a more melodious place.

      • Sara

      • December 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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      I couldn’t be prouder of my son David! He’s choosing to honor my brother Mark while following his dreams! Mark would be so unbelievably proud of you David!

      • Jodie

      • December 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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      David your amazing at music. This was an inspiring article. I’m glad to have gotten to see you play many times in person.

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