Looking Ahead to 2018
Wow! I'm having a hard time getting my head wrapped around 2017 being over. It seems like it was just getting started in some ways. We were sitting pretty going into the year until we found out that one of our very good monthly gigs got cancelled. It was a tough blow because it was cancelled abruptly and we were depending on that gig for a huge chunk of our monthly income. I remember sitting in a diner after first finding out being speechless wondering how we were going to replace that income. What a way to start the year, huh? Things eventually worked itself out and we were able to fill in the gaps. The year shaped up to be our best year yet for music overall. We did 65 shows, performed in front of 3000+ people, travelled around the eastern half of the country, and did a few radio interviews one of which was in Nashville - Music City capital of the country! I'm truly grateful that Rob and I get to do music together full time.
What I'm looking forward to the most this year is finally getting my next album, 'Work in Progress' released and doing a western tour. Those are the 2 things I've been fantasizing about for a few years now. To get deeper, I'm also interested in being more present with my true fans. I'll be looking more critically at the way I do music and how it relates to my fans. I'm realizing more and more that people like music because of the feeling it brings them. Music is more than just a series of beats, and rhymes. It stirs up emotions, heals, brings about memories, and helps people escape. As an artist I want to explore how I can facilitate that in how I relate to my fans and listeners through live performances, online communities, and one on one interactions. This means I'll be getting deeper in my newsletters, being more personable, being intentional, and working to create more memorable experiences at live shows.
If you want to be a part of that, and I really hope you do, join me on my "What's Going On" series here. I promise I won't disappoint.
I'm wishing you much success and health for 2018!