Sorry, I didn't mean to frighten you with these pictures. There's no hiding what I actually look like when I'm diving deep into the music :)
I feel very fortunate to have had opportunities to do just that in many different places already this summer, including a mini-tour of the East Coast in July, re-uniting with my old guitar pal Troy McLaggan. Thanks to all the presenters, hosts & agents that have given me the chance to sing my songs over the past few months and make new friends along the way.
While I have loads of things I'm continually grateful for, I have to admit that being a musician is a strange and difficult choice. The music world I inhabit has been constantly changing over the last decade and despite the romantic notion of having a career in the music business, my experience has seen it go from a good old "shindig" to a regular dig in the shins! Apart from the challenges of the digital landscape that all artists face, it's also an exercise in the thickening of one's skin to parade your new baby songs on the stage, & hustle radio stations & other media in the hope they all love your new baby as much as you do! However, having said that, I still enjoy the wrestlemania of it all, whether it's hunting down the song, taming it in the studio or getting to know it well enough that you can lose yourself to the point that time stands still when you are singing it on stage. What's my point, I hear you asking? Well, after all these years and despite those funny contorted facial expressions, I can honestly say I am enjoying singing and playing more than ever. They say that a career as a musician chooses you. For that, I'm grateful.
If you want to check out what this looks and sounds like, I have a couple of cool local concerts with talented sideman Justin Abedin coming up in and around the Greater Toronto Area and some exciting performances in Western Canada this fall. Check out the SHOWS PAGE for details.