Finally got around to uploading all the photos from our trip up North, the Bryan Adams concert we got to go to and some shots taken throughout Spring and the beginning of Summer.
Happy early Canada Day! Hope the weather’s in a better mood!
It’s been a mighty long time since I posted last, that’s for true. Hope you’ve all enjoyed your Spring and are looking forward to Summer, which is just around the corner!
I know I am. :) I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be busking in the Sidney Summer Market once again. The Sidney Market is where I first fell in love with busking a few years back. The sun, the friendly faces, the laid back atmosphere. It’s a musician like me’s dream gig. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be back- to kind of where it all began… So, if you ever want to come by and enjoy what the Market has to offer, I’ll be there this year as well. Playing a mixture of covers and originals, and whatever else the moment feels like.
Some different busking dates are in the works as well, and I’ll surly post them up as soon as they’re confirmed!
In other news, I’m still plugging away at the ‘ole album. More so than ever, which is why I neglected updating anything online. I’m getting further along and learning a whole lot about the process and myself. The process has certainly been a learning experience for me. The game plan has changed during it numerous times. I suppose that’s all part of the music industry in itself. It’s constantly changing. I’m learning to roll with the punches.
Nothing seems certain at this point in time. But when anything is, you’ll be the first to know.
I’m in music for the long haul. That is one thing I know. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon. I thank everyone who has been helping me and are still supporting me. I won’t be on hiatus forever, I promise you that. :)
And with that, I bid you adieu! Till next type!
Much love and appreciation,
Hope you all are enjoying the lovely weather this Spring has brought us! :) I know I am!
Lately, I’ve been playing some gigs in between recording and such. Which, has been fun. It always feels good to get back in the groove of playing live. It tends to help me with recording, as all recording is, is performing really well in studio. Sometimes though, I forget this. So, it’s good to be reminded.
Things are moving along nicely! I’m not going to give any specifics about how far I am along with the album- as I don’t want to make anyone antsy (not even myself for that matter)- but I’m making good progress and it feels, well, good! I have a plan and I’m sticking to it at all costs. So far, it’s been working. There have been a few hiccups here and there, but there always will be, with anything in life. It’s all about doing the best you can and moving forward. After all:
"It’s not about perfection, it’s about progression."
I’ve appreciated that quote ever since I heard it here on tumblr. It’s also something I forget. So, I must remind myself this.
As much as I’m staying focused on what I’m working on now, I’m very aware that it’s going to be Summer very soon. Now, I don’t have a completion deadline, but I do have an idea of when I should- in theory if I stick to my plan- be roughly finished. It’ll come up before I know it- this is how time tends to tick- and it makes me both nervous and excited. I cannot wait to busk this year. That is, if I am able to. If the arrangements can be made, I will be so grateful. I miss it so much. I’ve had some of the best times performing and have met some of the nicest people busking. It’s been too long since I have last and I’m itching to be apart of it again.
I’m also excited about performing in general. And then there’s music videos… which we’re working on ideas and techniques for. But that all ideally hinges on this record…
I’m very excited about all the possibilities and all the hopefully-will-be’s but for right now, in order for any of it to happen, I must stay focused on recording.
And so that is what I’m doing. Plugging away in my studio, working towards the future. But also, taking breaks and getting out and seeing friends so that I don’t go crazy.
April 20th, 2012
A bed of daisies.
April 15th, 2012
I haven’t typed out a “full on” heartfelt blog entry in I don’t know how long. Perhaps, the time has come.
My life… is good. It’s going good. It’s different, for sure. Real different than it was just a year ago. And it’s still crazy to me that it’s almost been an entire year since I graduated high school. I still feel like a kid and I keep reminding myself that I am. But in some ways, I’m not anymore. I’m eighteen now. I can vote, I can drive (even though I don’t)- in many ways I am considered an “adult,” but not in all ways. I’m still a teenager. Thank god for that, because the notion of actually, legitimately, technically becoming an adult- such a foreign thing to me- is a bit daunting. I’m not ready for that just yet. And maybe I’m not ready because I in fact am not one and when the time comes maybe, just maybe, I will be. But that is to be seen.
I was just discussing this with a close friend a little while ago. About coming into one’s own age. I was saying how I rarely actually feel like I am the age that I am. How I always feel a little behind where I’m supposed to be. I guess it’s the way I always am. I’ve never been one to rush into anything. So, it makes sense I’m not wanting to rush my aging process. Don’t get my wrong, I’m not dreading getting older, I’m rather savoring my current state; so much so, that perhaps, I’m drifting there… getting lost there. And before I know it, another age has gone by; another little… era.
Time seems to run on a different clock, at a different pace when there’s nothing substantial or overly scheduled to separate each day from one another. I’ve noticed this since graduation. This is the biggest change in my life since then. But, like I’ve put it before, I consider where I’m at now a kind of limbo. I am taking it easy, but not in all ways. Unlike a lot of people might think, I haven’t been doing nothing. It may seem like I am since all of my workings are to be seen. But, what I’m creating… it takes an army. Or just one really, really dedicated person with a lot of time on their hands. I don’t think I quite understood the magnitude of work I’ve gotten myself into until about a month or two ago. Since it really hit me then, I’ve been easier on myself. Giving myself breaks and breathing room. My mum and I were watching part of the Juno’s on the first of this month and I remember what Dan Mangan, who won an award for New Artist of the Year, said:
"It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, it takes time to do anything that’s worthwhile."
He then went on to stress positivity, persistence and gratitude as main components in any kind of success. He’s so right. I completely agree.
And so I’ve been taking that to heart. I shouldn’t be specific, but I’ve gotten some important things done musically (yes, for the album). I’m making headway. And it gets more exciting as more loose ends begin to be tied. I’m writing a lot- songs I mean. It’s something that’s never stopped, if anything, it’s become more often. And as I’ve said, it’s arguably the most important thing for a singer/songwriter to do. It’s just not the only thing. And for me right now, not particularly the most useful. But balancing all aspects of the “career” path I’m getting myself into is something I’m learning.
Again, it takes an army. Or just one really, really dedicated person with a lot of time on their hands. Perhaps I’ll manage with a bit of both? I appreciate compromises.
But like with life, it’s not something I’m willing to rush. But I’m getting there, and when I’m there it’ll be right.
Hope you have found or are finding your way.
Will check in maybe sooner than later,