I really appreciate all of the support and love that everyone has given me as I move forward with my grand master plan of being a singer-songwriter in NYC. Everything is going really well with music. I have my first show booked on my 30th birthday, which was a dream/vision I had a year ago that seemed completely unrealistic at the time, and is now a reality. I have friends and family traveling from near and far to be there with me. I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of love. It is a great affirmation of what I have come here to do
In other good news, I have an amazing opportunity to do some recording with Taxi Briell, who is a close friend of my family. He was the original sound engineer at CBGB's, the legendary NYC music venue, and one of the people whose work established the club. He went on to do live sound and live recording with a bunch of famous musicians. He has generously offered his time and talents to creating a beautiful sound environment in which I will begin recording my original songs. I am very excited to start this project next week.
I have also joined a band called “The Outliers.” As of right now, we are still in the practice stages. We play some of my tunes (Stupid Noah among them!) and some written by a talented creative named Drew Broussard. Ron Moore, Drew's uncle, a longtime NYC musician, lays down the bass; Adam Platka, a friend of mine from the Albany area (and my introduction to the group) plays drums. I play keyboards as my main instrument in this group, which is fun and good practice, since my concentration has been guitar for a long while now—but I love a piano. It's nice to have people to play and jam with on a regular basis. We will start gigging and recording in the next few months.
Last but certainly not least, I am very excited about the community of songwriters I have had the fortune of getting to know here. Through open mics at the PATH Cafe in the West Village, I have met Niall Connolly (the open mic host) and some other great singer/songwriters who support one another, play together and for each other, etc. Niall calls this community “Big City Folk” and coordinates events almost every night of the week at venues around the city. Some are shows, some are open mics, and some are “songwriter circle” type things where a few different people will play (I shouldn't actually describe a songwriter circle since I haven't been to one yet, but this is my approximation of what it is.) Niall also leads the monthly “Songwriter Challenge” at the PATH Cafe, where everyone is charged with writing a song based around a word or phrase randomly drawn out of a pint glass. You have a month to work on it. It has been really neat to stretch my songwriting horizons this way, past the usual song topic parameters of “boys who have hurt my feelings.”
It's wonderful to feel like I am already part of a supportive musical community here in NYC. I wasn't sure it would be this way—you always hear about how cutthroat things are here. But I have felt nothing but embraced, and I am so grateful.
So, the down sides:
1) I live in a neighborhood where I don't feel safe walking by myself at night, and it's kind of a trek to get into the city or anywhere I want to go.
2) After this week, I have no job. My job was for three months, and three months goes (REALLY) fast.
But this is the life I signed up for, so I'm trying to get past the anxiety (thank you, yoga classes; thank you, chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars with caramel center that I get at the deli on my way to the train station) and just have faith that everything is going the way it is supposed to go, and that following my heart cannot possibly be a mistake, especially with all of the positive things that are lining up before me.