When I took up my guitar back in June of 2015, I had a plan. It wasn't a lofty plan, or full of soft-focus dreamy expectations of fame, or hopes of being signed by a big label (does that even happen nowadays?) and busting out my songs at Rogers Arena.
Nope, this plan was small. It was born out of a conversation with a sister who wasn't interested in allowing me to continue my life without diving head first into music. (Can you guess that she was my older sister? Kind of bossy, hey?)
The plan, as I saw it, was simply to start writing music, and start sharing it with people.
And believe it or not, that was a big deal for me. I grew up loving, LOVING, making music, but sharing it with people? Performing? Exposing my own art? Yeesh. I still get nauseous thinking about how I used to hyperventilate at the mention of an upcoming piano recital.
But I made that plan, and eventually the plan morphed into a firm goal. I would share my music, come hell or high water, with anyone who would listen, and try my best to offer an authentic piece of myself, my interpretation of the world, in hopes that they would experience something good. You know that feeling you get when you're listening to live music, or watching a play, or engaging with someone's art, that makes you feel overwhelmed, or emotional, or even just more connected with the people around you, yourself, or humanity? THAT is my goal. To give people that experience.
And so with that goal in mind, Ryan and I set out into the great wide world of the performing arts.
And the thing that baffles me.... is that it is working.
I still struggle to get my head around the fact that if I offer myself, my craft, as imperfect and inexperienced as I often feel it is, it seems people respond. How? Why? Who the heck knows, but my plan is to keep on this path, keep going, keep writing and performing, always keeping that one goal in mind, and see where it takes us.
So far, we're scaling some pretty big hills. Maybe one day we'll start climbing a mountain.
Thanks to you all for your encouragement and support. It means the world.
xo - Laura