Hey Good People. I hope this Summer has been terrific for you!! For me, it's been such a rewarding time. I am starting to feel as though the work I've put in over the last few years is starting to really gain some traction.
Opportunities are opening up to me that, in the past, were things I only dreamed about. Playing House Concerts to intimate gatherings and performing at Festivals to listening crowds has been such a welcomed change from my usual slog in the pubs and sports bars around Melbourne. I am so thankful for all those who have supported my music over the many years I have been performing, and yet I feel as though I am just beginning.
I've met and connected with so many wonderful people throughout the summer in places like Yackandandah, Cudgewa, Hobart and Newstead. Meeting world class songwriters who constantly teach me things and inspire me to work on my songs. To dig deeper into my heart. To cast my eyes further into the world and to embrace each and every opportunity as a chance to truly connect with my audience.
It's amazing how a change in perspective can actually change your whole reality. This time two years ago, I questioned my relevance as an artist, doubted my abilities and felt that my music was not really worthwhile pursuing. It's something I'm told most artists (probably most people) go through at some stage or another. But I was on the edge of giving the whole thing away.
With a lot of reflection, and support from my friends, family and community, I discovered that my desire to play the music I love was stronger than any alternative future I could imagine. With that knowledge, my aims shifted, to simply and solely focus on the immediate and present joy of playing the songs. Nothing more, nothing less. To let go of any expectation and accept the possibility that what I once thought of as a 'successful' music career was not even part of the picture. In fact, changing what 'success' meant to me all together. In other words, I stopped 'pursuing' music and started to 'enjoy' and 'experience' music - which is all I ever wanted to do when I dreamed of my future life as a small boy.
I have no doubt that once we begin the work of letting go of self doubt, and the fear of failure, and the striving towards the expectations that we are convinced are holding us together, then we begin to make space in our lives for new possibilities we have not yet imagined. New opportunities present themselves to us. New ways of expressing that joy find us and new people start to gravitate toward us. I also have no doubt that joy is infectious. The joy we experience when we do what we love, without expectation or concern for an outcome, is something that others want to be a part of and connect with and that we want to share.
So..come and share it with me!
There are plenty of gigs happening in February in lots of different parts of Melbourne and surrounds. Hope to see you soon.