Now that the website is running and things are underway for the new album I can once again continue my random thoughts on life. It was my birthday yesterday and thank you all so much for being a part of all. Your messages, photos and videos were incredibly beautiful and they made my day.
Here is a post that started the day off. Not sure why this came out on the morning of my 52nd birthday but...
For my birthday today I have decided to share one of the most heartbreaking and terrifying moments in my musical career. I share this as a tale of resilience in the face of adversary. Not saying that I have overcame or won - just that it did not stop me.
I had made the retirement change from commercial rock. Left Thornley during a major peak in the bands success to follow my instincts as an Indie solo artist. I spent the better part of a year making a record, trying to find my own identity and voice. And in the end I arrived at a strange but interesting musical place. “Quiet Storey House ... an introduction.” It was a six string bass / singer songwriter album - I think...
I had moved on.
I stepped up to the plate with something new.
I did something totally on my own.
It was scary
I booked the CD release show.
NOW magazine agreed to do a review to promote the show.
I hired Mike Billard on drums and Kevin Young on keys. We met at Cherry Beach and rehearsed.
On the day of the show I picked the guys up and we went for some Thai food before soundcheck. It was a snowstorm. I ordered my food and saw the stack of Now Magazines by the door. Excitedly I grabbed one and looked to find this ....
Tizzard hits the El Mocambo tonight (Thursday, March 1). Rating: N
It seems obvious, but before a musician releases a solo (non-instrumental) album, he or she should make sure he or she can actually sing. That’s the first problem with this debut from Ken Tizzard, former bassist for the Watchmen and Thornley: dude’s not a vocalist. His pitchiness throughout the record makes Quiet Storey House a difficult listen, but the music’s even harder to deal with. To Tizzard’s credit, he’s managed to avoid musical comparisons to his previous bands by offering up 10 hushed, lethargic tracks with no distorted rockers in earshot. Unfortunately, without attention-grabbing hooks, his subdued style quickly grows tiresome.
Folks. I was destroyed. The show was cancelled and I returned to my hideaway in Campbellford. I sulked. I was angry. And then. I got over it. Listened to the record to see if the journalist was correct. It pushed me to evaluate. Pushed me to be better. Pushed me to forgive the asshole who so casually threw my artistic evolution under a bus. And I moved on. At 52 I’m still moving in and wanted to thank all of you for your continued support.
Happy Birthday to me.