About two weeks ago, I got knocked on my ass with the surprise of a lifetime.
Art is the muse we're all bleeding for, but she's a lady with some high financial demands and it's almost impossible to live on the $50 here and there garbage gigs beneath a TV during the hockey season.
There comes a season (album saving season, particularly), that depends largely on playing everything that comes my way and scraping what little I do have into a shoebox to send off to the band, the producer, publicist, graphic designer, and much later on: the public.
I'm in that season now. I'm sweating rent, car insurance, grocery, touring and boozin' bills all while trying to funnel the majority of my money into the savings for my sophomore LP. On Wednesday, October 5th, I was rewarded with the surprise of the year.
I played to an attentive audience. An audience fresh from the streets of my hometown hungry for live music. When the performance had ended for ATB Financial's 'ATB Listens' series, I felt relieved that I was walking away with some amazing content, an extremely generous performance fee, and some new friends.
The other shoe dropped. As Alberta Music and ATB thanked us for participating, I was surprised with a $3000 grant. I was speechless. I just started to ugly cry, obviously directly on camera.
That day I was reminded that there are people working to help us advance the arts and culture in our province, and our country. I felt proud to be both Albertan and a songwriter dedicated to my craft. I felt thankful and humbled that ATB would share this opportunity with me, because as artists, I think we feel that the giving far outweighs the receiving on most days.
Such a heartwarming project, I was so glad to have been included.