The Seven Day Countdown, CD Release Tour, & a Stretch Goal
Dear backers, friends, loved ones,
I used to wake up in the morning and begrudge the amount of work it takes to be a professional musician. I used to find the organizational tasks unromantic and artistically offensive. I used to complain quite a bit.
One day I was having a conversation with a friend who is a professional writer, complaining, complaining, griping about how many hats you have to wear in the business. He looked at me so plainly, a giant child in essence, but with an ever-present wisdom twinkle in his eye. He said,
"I don't understand, is this your job, or is this not your job?".
Something changed for me after that. I've been kicked into a period of my career where the work feels great. It turns out that the only thing that had to change was ME, and the way I looked at things. I had to believe in possible pay-off for my work. I had to believe in the good things that could unfold. Now I find that I'm watching door after door open up for me, and I am fueled in the long hours and crazy days of work by a total love and gratitude for my life. For the amazing opportunity to be a professional creative.
Watching this campaign unfold has made it so evident to me that our society DOES treasure the arts. People WILL pay for music; it isn't valueless or dead in America. You guys have really changed the way I feel about my job. I can't thank you enough.
The truth is, however, that the work is just beginning. After this campaign ends next week is when it actually starts! But if I make my goal, I will have the engine I need to see some ground covered more efficiently, and you guys will have given that to me. I have a wonderful CD release tour planned, starting off with a bill in Fort Collins, CO at the Armory with Tom Paxton. Be still my beating heart! What a way to begin.
So, we have about seven days left to make it. I am imaginging the good things that can unfold. Maybe I'll even make my stretch goal and cover the costs to perform at my dream venue for the cumulative CD release show? eTown is a legend, a sacred place for music. I'm visualizing the possibilities...the doors opening, saying, "welcome in."
P.S. I want to share this quote by an artist/musician friend. I want to suggest the title "Must be Present to Win."
"Music is fleeting. This beautiful art that exists only in time, not in space. If a painter's medium is the canvas, a sculptor the clay--or sand or whatever--a musician's medium is time itself. A song transforms a moment into a work of art. Which is why, perhaps, for us listeners, memorable moments in our lives are often associated with a song, and great songs are often associated with a moment." --Dakin Henderson
UPCOMING TOUR DATES/CD RELEASE APPEARANCES:
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Fort Collins, CO: The Armory (with Tom Paxton)
Thurs.- Sat., Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2016 Austin, TX: SWRFA Conference
Sunday, October 2, 2016 Lubbock, TX: Rockin' Box 33
Friday, October 7, 2016 Ridgeway, CO: The Sherbino Theater
Saturday, October 8, 2016 Paonia, CO: The Paradise Theater
Saturday, November 5, 2016 Salida, CO: The Steamplant Theater
Friday, November 11, 2016 Denver, CO: The Oriental Theater
Saturday, November 12, 2016 Albuquerque, NM: The Outpost Theater
Saturday, December 17, 2016 Boulder, CO: Etown Hall