Hello fine people!
I realize I’ve been very inactive on the internet front, and wanted to post an update for those of you who might be curious about what I’ve been up to.
This year, I took a break from the more public aspects of my singer/songwriter career. Mainly, I wanted to work on writing and recording a new album, mostly by myself, thus requiring me to acquire some new technical skills. Thanks to funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council, I’ve been able to take this time to reset and work on things in a focused and deliberate way. I’ve been living in Montreal for the past few months, so I’ve also been taking in a lot of interesting live music, theatre and visual art.
My hope is to have a new album ready for release in late Spring. It is slowly taking shape and I am very excited to share it with you. More on that later…
I also had been feeling a pressing need to address some deeper issues for myself, surrounding anxiety and my general well-being. My approach to life and career were feeling unsustainable and I needed to make some changes, both internal and external. I felt a lot of fear surrounding taking this time. It has felt precious and necessary but risky. There is a lot of pressure on artists these days to be “on” and engaged all of the time. But that approach has never worked for me, and I’ve often found myself needing periods of greater introspection and space in order to process and write. I’ve learned that both my health and my artistic process rely heavily on these periods. I’ve also learned that one needs to take this time for oneself, because it will never be freely offered or “permitted” by any outside force.
But – I’m getting back to it! I am playing a short set of mostly new songs on Sunday, November 26th at 3pm in Montreal at La Plante (185 Van Horne). If you’re in Montreal, come out! It’s part of a series called Noisesundaee and should be a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Details here.
It’s been a very full year. I grew my hair longer than it’s been since high school, joined a choir that sings Renaissance era music and swam in the Baltic Sea.
Have a wonderful late fall/winter.
PS. I’ve come across some really inspiring books this year – in particular, “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” by Rebecca Solnit. I’ve also gotten so much from the “On Being” podcast. This episode is particularly wonderful.