Hello. If you're taking a moment to read this blog - thank you, I truly appreciate your time.
I haven't done anything like this before so I figured that 'there's no time like the present' to try something new.
I'm writing this from my little room in Perisher Valley, NSW listening to the sound of the blizzard blowing outside my window. It's comforting to me, similar to the crashing of the surf, but it brings a cool chill to the air and has me confined to the depths of my sleeping bag.
I am spending the next week exploring the white wilderness of the Snowy Mountains, performing each night at a cozy spot called Eiger Chalet in downtown Perisher. There's so much to do here but after skiing for a couple of hours each morning i find myself confined in the lodge into the eve, as Mother Nature demonstrates the full measures of this extreme climate (at least for this rookie Queenslander).
Its always a freeing feeling to step outside of the box, to let your hair down - for me, both figuratively and literally - and step into a totally different side of life. I have truly missed being on the road, sleeping in the van, making my way from here to there, and picking up pieces of inspiration along the way, Its time to get back to it.
"I know I've been lost living my life on the road,
It's the price that I pay for my travellers soul"
- J. Lovegrove, 2016
For the sake of transparency, I wanted to write this next part to be accountable for what has been on my mind of late. Stay with me.
First thought, It's not easy when somebody asks you why you do what you do, and what you are here to say - as a songwriter, this is particularly important - but what is even harder, is when you can not fully articulate a response which satisfies both your logical brain and your creative soul.
I found myself inside of that reality after the question was poised to me. To avoid any misunderstanding - I, and anyone who knows me, know that I love what I do both as my passion, and my job. To make music, to perform it, and to connect is what I live for and at this stage in my life, is all I can see myself doing for many years to come.
What became clear to me at this point, was that I often found myself with things left unsaid #safe. Most of the time, it was the most important things that I held onto with such conviction - when the reality is that I should have been shouting these things from the rooftops.
People say that you must be brave to be honest, and I am slowly learning that the things that make my heart heavy, or my soul sing, or bring light and joy into my life are the only things that will truly connect me to you, if I am brave enough to share them. So here's me saying that it's time once again to wear my heart on my sleeve, to let my hair down and show you the real me, and this is step one.
Theres something magic on the horizon, and I can't wait to share it.
Yours in Music,
P.S. Not all blog entries will be as serious as this one, I just wanted to start with a clean slate.