“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot
For many, the approaching holidays and the new year can bring about many feelings of reflection. It is a symbolic time that allows to look at the fruits of your labor and enjoy the summation of the things you were able to accomplish. For many years I have admired British recording artist and songwriter, Daley. Between his soulful vocals and ability to bridge beautiful music between many genres, I’ve enjoyed and been inspired by his immense talent. Earlier this year I was overjoyed to have been asked to be a supporting act for him at his show at the legendary Troubadour music venue in Los Angeles, and it was such a fulfilling moment and experience for many reasons.
Pursuing a career in a competitive and mysterious industry such as music can bring forward so many conflicting feelings of success and celebration, as well as disappointment and discouragement. I’ve been lucky to experience both. The hard work and passion I’ve funneled into my own career have bore many moments of great happiness that has felt so rewarding, and the not so happy moments have taught me perseverance and artistic self-evaluation. Being asked to be a part of Daley’s show on December 2nd seemed like the perfect bookend to a year that has been chock-full of beautiful struggle and subsequent pay-off. To be acknowledged by an artist you admire is an example from the universe that you are on the right path and to continue on, something us artists could deal to be reminded of every once and again.
I am so grateful that I got to share this magical evening with two of the most gifted musicians I know, Herson Perez (violin) and Nathan Heldman (piano). We only had a short time to prepare, and working with new musicians for the first time can sometimes be a bit of a challenge finding your groove and synergy with each other, but I definitely lucked out. It was as if we had been collaborating forever, and the rehearsals were as smooth as I’d hope the show would be as well. The night of, we relaxed and gathered our thoughts backstage to an already packed house before the performance, and interestingly enough, I was more calm than I had been in a long time. Something just felt natural about the evening, it just felt…right. Often times a performer can be in their head during a performance overthinking their next move or next note, but that night I honestly felt like a channel. Feeling the warmth and support from my loved ones and an audience with such an amazing energy (also a testament to Daley’s fanbase and his subsequent amazing energy) I was able to let go and just let the music jump forth.
The performance felt like a gift. It also felt like a reminder, that sometimes the stars align and what you love and what you work for, and who you love, can converge in the same room and share something special. As we say goodbye to 2018, and hello to Christmas and the New Year, I just want to say how much I love all of you, and never forget to celebrate yourself — accomplishments, failings, and everything in between. It’s what makes us the beautifully complex creatures we are on this journey, and we all deserve to feel that celebration.
Happy Holidays to you all,