On My Way

Hi! Welcome to my blog! The calendar has just rolled over into September and it’s starting to get a little chilly here in Maple Ridge, Canada. I already miss the summer weather. A couple of months ago I turned over an old leaf. I started playing live shows again. It had been a while since I had taken the stage with a band. This time, however, I was going to just get out there with a guitar and play some of my original songs at open mics around town to showcase my songwriting.

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My first performance at The ACT

Having traveled to Nashville recently, my approach when I returned home was different. I’d spent a lot of time locked away, polishing my songs. I was sending them out to Nashville, trying to get them recorded by other artists. I thought I could break into Nashville from a distance. This approach wasn’t working. “You have to be in Nashville to be successful in Nashville” was a common phrase I heard repeatedly. So I decided to put that idea into effect right here in Maple Ridge!

While at a Ridley Bent concert at the ACT arts center, I had a chance meeting with Ivan Boudreau, a local songwriter, who told me about an open mic lobby series he presents at the ACT. Wow! As soon as I set the intention, that first contact came fast! I attended the open mic and played two songs. I was a little rusty, but I did pretty good for my first time back out in public. From there, I heard about an open mic at the Kanaka Creek coffee house on Wednesdays.

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My first performance at Kanaka Creek

My first appearance at Kanaka was interesting! I walked in with my guitar and met Pam Burns, who runs the event. She’s a lovely lady with a great English accent. Just before I was going to play, the power went out! No mics and no sound system for the guitar. She asked me if I wanted to play anyway and I said, “Sure!” I played a couple of original country songs and the applause was terrific! Pam was very impressed and insisted I come back the next week. Since then, I’ve been a regular at the Kanaka open mic.

I was on my way! What happened next was really cool but I’ll save it for my next blog!

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