This week gave me a lot of perspective. I had a lot of time to think about my life, my work, and what I want to do with my music.
The week started out with a bang. On Tuesday I took off for Toronto in the middle of a wicked bad snow storm and the first thing I did was completely spin out and ended up facing the wrong way on the high way…
After that near-death experience I made sure to drive as safely as possible, and value the heck out of my time. I arrived in Toronto on Tuesday afternoon, played at The Courthouse that evening, went out for Ethiopian food with some new friends, and found myself waking up on Wednesday morning.
I had wanted to spend the rest of my time in Toronto visiting with friends and hanging out, but instead I ended up cancelling a lot of my plans to spend some time resting and songwriting. I cloistered myself in the apartment where I was staying with two adorable ginger cats (named Fred and George!) and got some serious songwriting done. It’s always amazing to me how much of the writing process (my writing process anyway) involves procrastinating and laying around before something great comes out. It was a fruitful week anyway, and I’m really glad I took the time to procrastinate alone with the ginger cats.
Of course, songwriting wasn’t all I did.
On Wednesday night I went down to Chalker’s Pub and jammed at the Girls Night Out jazz jam hosted by Lisa Particelli. I always have so much fun hanging out with Lisa and the house band and meeting a bunch of new singers.
On Friday morning, I got together with fellow jazz vocalist Ilana Waldston for breakfast and some jam time, which was super fun. I’m giving away her album on this post and you can still enter until tomorrow night! On Friday evening I stopped over in Kingston for dinner and dessert with friends before driving back home to Ottawa.
Last night Mark Ferguson and I played a house concert! During our Indiegogo campaign to raise money for Here We Go Again, we offered a limited number of house concerts as perks and this was the first of two. It was so lovely to play in an intimate venue for such lovely people. I can’t wait to do more!
That’s it for this week! If you’re in Ottawa tonight, come visit François Gravel and me for Live Jazz Monday at Mercury Lounge.
Have a great week!