The New Year

Happy New Year to you and yours. 

 

The New Year marks the abrupt end of my least favourite season. Christmas, Holidays and the like take a substantial toll on my attitude, through no fault of anyone but my own. I hate the undue stress, the commercials, the fake sincerity. Financial and emotional burdens put upon those who can bear the least, masked by tidings of cheer and over consumption of mass produced garbage. Bah, humbug. 

2017, and all of the years who've come before have the same distinct quality of beginning after my worst possible reflections. My hours spent in darkness dreading family dinners for fear of disappointing the happy participants, my shame for not being a happier companion; all silenced and put immediately on the back burner as the January sun dances on the blacktop and snow. I drive to work again, and am immediately let go after being back less than a week. 

It's easy for me to become disenchanted with the blog forum. I hate reading the self-indulgent nattering as much as I hate posturing myself as someone worth reading about.

I'm proud of my tunes, well, most of them. I don't waste time or energy on comparisons and status markers, mostly because it's far more likely to put me in the ditch than pump my tires. At this point, my focus should and does remain entirely on crafting songs that come from my guts. I don't think people want to hear anything less, I know I don't. The day I move away from that dedication and passion will surely be reflected in my shows, my songs and my singing. 

I'm just in the midst of looking at my calendar and seeing hockey games filling up Sunday and Monday evenings. I'm preparing diligently for the coming months, littered with opportunity and promise. 2017 is going to be one hell of a ride.

February, 2017: Block Heater Festival
This particular show marks not only the largest crowd of my still budding career, but a humbling opening slot for one of the best songwriters still writing and performing: Hayes Carll. I am overjoyed to be performing in my hometown for so many friends and supportive comrades at the Lantern Community Church in Inglewood. Tickets are sold out.

February, 2017: Folk Alliance International, Kansas City, MO
After attending last year, I was completely overwhelmed with the intensity of a conference so saturated with talent and... banjos. I thought there was no way I'd be foolish enough to push my introverted heels back into the fire, and yet, here we go again. With the help of our provincial music association and the Bow Valley Music Club, I've lined up almost fourteen showcases for the 5 day conference. Yikes.

This year marks an especially exciting trip because I'll be singing with Saskatchewan's Belle Plaine, who has an official showcase. This will be particularly challenging as I'm not playing an instrument, just singing the third above on a few of her songs. Pretty great way to improve the harmony chops.

February / March, 2017: Recording w/ Leeroy Stagger, Lethbridge, AB
I'm recording my sophomore, full-length album with my friend and mentor, Leeroy Stagger. Stay tuned for ways you can help and listen by subscribing to my newsletter (bottom of the page)
Tentative release: Fall 2017

To alleviate some of the costs associated with the project, I've started an Indiegogo campaign. There are donation incentives for every level, so please help how you can. View the campaign by clicking the image below:

Take care,

Bucks

 

 

 

Mariel Buckley

Calgary, AB, Canada