Well this is it. I started the year off with a panic attack. True. I had accepted the invitation to be the first artist to launch the newly opened Jimmy Hornet, a live music venue in Richmond that my dear friend Anthea Palmer has opened. But, the fear of not selling it out got the better of me. I haven't done an all originals show in some time and if I were honest, I have wrestled with what it means to be a singer-songwriter type in this day and age. I mean, it isn't the easiest of roads and there are times your mind conspires against you. Anyway, the first show did sell out, albeit it is only a 50 seat room, but nonetheless I could breath a sigh of relief knowing there are supporters around me who want to see me go to the next level.
Anthea and her partner Graham ran a very important venue in Melbourne some years ago called The Chandelier Room. It became a home to a lot of singer-songwriter types and also a lot of music lovers and early adopters. By early adopter I refer to that particular music lover who wants to be where the action is when a new emerging talent arises out of no where. They are the ones who keep everything afloat in the singer-songwriter world. They buy the tickets and the CD's, purchase T-shirts and drink and food and offer encouragement and support. These are the people that artists like myself cut their teeth performing in front of hoping for some small affirmation that you are on the right track. They know their music, have strong opinions, and are looking for something different, and usually something raw and authentic.
Anthea and Graham relocated to China where Anthea created the Jimmy Hornet brand and where Graham worked as a very high up executive for one of the worlds largest music manufacturers. After several years in China, Anthea has returned to set up Jimmy Hornet in Richmond. Graham, continues to work two thirds of his month from Hong Kong commuting back one third to Melbourne. He is in high demand but is very central to the strategy behind Jimmy Hornet.
So, with this invitation to perform at this cool new venue I realised putting off my debut album was pointless. I have this wonderful batch of songs that have come out of my life journey this past five years. I have procrastinated and let fear of producing something sub-standard rule my life. But, I get it now. It is in the doing that things happen. It is in the going that obstacles are met and overcome. I need to get on with this task I have set before me. I want these songs to find a home in hearts all around the world.
I will post images, videos, and music as I go right here.
The highs, the lows, and everything in between.
Jump on the journey with me. You are most welcome!