Facebook Live Performance: Brought to You By The Letter 'B'

I go live on Facebook every Monday at 12:30 MST. I love it when you drop by and especially when you comment so I know you're there and I can say hello.

Today's setlist is brought to you by the letter 'B':

Babylon (David Gray Cover)
Broken Can Fix Broken
Beauty Bright

Song Story: Wherever You Are

Song Story: Wherever You Are

I wrote Wherever You Are (the first version, at least) around 2007 in the early days of a church I was helping plant. We were a group of hip zealous young people and world-wizened elders wanting to change the world. Or at least the Church. Or at least our selves. I think we succeeded in that last part.

I was confused, coming unmoored from the constraints of my fundamentalist evangelical upbringing. It felt like a drift and I wondered if I would be OK. How far could I wander and still come home? But then I thought heard a Voice call from somewhere out in the fog. 

Caught Between the Work and The Waiting

Caught Between the Work and The Waiting

Last week I woke up and wrote ‘apply for shows’ on my short-list of important to-dos. I set an intention that morning, and somehow, received three new shows from unexpected places. Random emails and facebook messages. So there is effort and there is luck and there are invisible bonds between them.

Song Stories: Santa Fe

Song Stories: Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a travelogue of longing.

For the past five years I have travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico for an arts and faith retreat called The Glen Workshop. My life has been changed in so many ways by the event, the people who attend and the location. For the first time in the past six years, I won’t be going to Santa Fe this August. I find myself missing the landscape almost as much as the people. I did not expect this.

Song Stories: I Waited

Song Stories: I Waited

I Waited has always been a dark tune for me. I sometimes tell people this song is about being stood-up by the devil. This is a morning-after-mistake dirge. An ode to that tar-stain darkness that is so hard to wash from your soul after you’ve made a terrible moral choice. Harmed a friend. Told a lie. Crossed a boundary. 

Hey 2018, This is Where We're Going

Hey 2018, This is Where We're Going

2017 was a big year for me, and I’m ramping things up in 2018. I feel like I’m hitting my stride as a musician, so rather than doing anything totally different, I’ll be doubling down on what has been working, and sharpening my focus. I’ve got four overarching goals; refine my brand, enlarge my audience, release new music and collaborate.

Each of these targets has some specific goals and actions attached. Here’s how I plan to get there.

Why 2017 Was My Biggest Year in Music So Far

Why 2017 Was My Biggest Year in Music So Far

2017 leaves me a bit tired, but full of gratitude and even awe. So much happened for my music this year, even though I feel like I’m still lacing up my runners to head to the starting line. On days when it feels the race may never begin, it helps to take stock. 

Song Stories: Silent Night

Song Stories: Silent Night

This track has it's beginnings in my 'day job'. A few years ago I was working for Hope Mission, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen here in Edmonton. They serve hundreds of meals every day, but the holiday meals are the biggest. My job was communications. I did website updates, graphic design and writing for the fundraising department. I also made videos. 

I was making a video to give a 'taste' of Hope Mission's holiday meals to those weren't there – and a memory for those who were. I needed the perfect track and we didn't have a music budget. So I decided to take on the challenge and record the music myself. I had recently got my (then-new) Danelectro electric guitar and was in love with the reverb-soaked tones my (now-stolen) vintage Garnet amp was giving me. I was looking for a song that was free of copyright restrictions and was instantly recognizable, without the lyrics. Silent Night is just such a song.

Join Our Growing Patreon Community

It used to go like this; beg for a record contract, get said contract and sign away your rights. To your music. To your time. To your own creative vision. 

It wasn't always so bad, but there are enough stories in music-business folklore to warn any artist to read between the lines of any record deal. And then have your lawyer read it. Twice. 

The good news is music can be made and released easily today, without a record label. I just did it.  The bad news is there are no cash advances in this model - no big record company lending me the money to make that dream single or album or video. 


Music for you, funded by you!

As an indie artist, I can make all my own creative decisions. But I still have to fund those projects, and fund their promotion so new listeners here my music. I still need to cut through the noise.

There is a simple way to fund this journey - and you are that way. Record labels used to stand between artists like me and listeners like you. But no more. 

You can become so much more than a listener. You can become my collaborator. We can create beauty together. 
 

Welcome to Patreon. 

Patreon is a simple membership platform that allows you to support your favourite artists directly. You decide on any level of monthly support for my music - starting at just a buck! I support a few artists this way and it has connected me to their work in a truly special way.

At just $3 a month, you'll start getting perks, like every original song I release. It's almost like Netflix for indie artists

I've been posting regularly on Patreon, and there are already two audio files you can download there that won't be available anywhere else

Five of you have already signed up as patrons and I am so grateful! I feel that groundswell of sustainability already and will be buying some Facebook ads to promote my latest video because I can. Because of you! 

Join us on Patreon today

This is how I feel about the Needle shutting down

This is how I feel about the Needle shutting down

The Needle Vinyl Tavern, one of the most active music venues in Edmonton, closed indefinitely Tuesday night. This situation is sad on so many levels, and things unravelled incredibly quickly. 

Perhaps all I really want to say, out loud so I know you hear me, is that this just sucks for so many people.