Monday morning. Coffee. Skimming socials and email. Checking in with Allison to see that she is all good and then back to the computer.
Things have changed folks. Days used to be filled with creation of music, family, travel, performances and media. These days it is significantly different. Especially with touring at a standstill. It used to be that I could go through my day and report on social media about what is happening. Then we would play shows and interact directly with music lovers.
Not any more. These days I post a lot of past or throwback pics. It is apparent that you all love the behind the scenes life of a full time musician. It is pretty fascinating, I know I love to get a glimpse inside the days of my musical inspirations.
However, when is enough enough? Or is there too much? For the indie musician we rely on our socials and email lists to let folks know what we are working on or towards. It is a fun and entertaining way to get word about what we are creating out top those who are interested. The days of billboards on the 401 or tv ads on Much Music are long behind us. Artists are creating their own roads and taking control of their lives and careers, but is there a cost?
How many miss the smoke and mirrors of not knowing the reality of our musical hero’s. The myth of rock and roll that followed bands like Led Zeppelin have disappeared in favour of knowing what Justin Bieber is eating for lunch. And in my case, you all know my story. The Watchmen, Thornley/Big Wreck, Ron Hynes and my family, Allison’s journey with MS, my kids growing up, me dealing with transitioning from rock to folk… where does the interest begin and end. Is it more than the music? More than the story, more than a person…???
I really do not know anymore. If you are on my socials, you will hear about music constantly. Not just mine, but artists I love as well. You will get my life from the huge stages to the evenings with 10 people, the successes, the failures, the comma spliced sentences… it is all here…
But why? Is this the new advertising or are us musicians driving you all crazy with our endless self centred posts?