Updated! New Job, new song, new beginning
When I emailed my boss regarding my two-weeks notice, I concluded with this:
"This decision is terrifying, but liberating at the same time, and of all people I suspect you will understand the most. The week after next, I'm at Song School all week, and I feel like there's no better way to baptize me into this new commitment in my life."
I see this week as a huge opportunity for growth, so I'll be sharing my updates here!
Days 2 & 3
Aside from our Directed Songwriting performance class, I attended an impromptu workshop with Darrell Scott. He shared how his best songs come from raw inspiration - and chasing after that inspiration in the moment while it lasts. We ended the afternoon with a group song in the Wildflower Pavilion, singing "What a Goodly Thing," which led into us singing "Wade in the Water" while we walked into the St. Vrain River as a group. It was really powerful sharing that moment through music with the people I was surrounded with all week.
What a goodly thing
if the children of all men
could live together
So what's next?
Since then, I've set up over a dozen shows for The Darling Ravens (my new duo with Clara!), I've done some busking, and I've started teaching lessons and classes at the Harmony Music House. I also applied for a grant through a local arts council (still waiting to hear back!) to fund songwriting workshops for at-risk demographics (including women's & children's shelters, homeless shelters, and women's & juvenile prisons). The Darling Ravens is also organizing an open mic / silent art auction as part of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence to benefit the Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins. Although I'm a bit unsure of how everything is going to play out regarding my own finances, I feel so much better putting my efforts into things that I love and knowing that I can make a difference in people's lives, which is worth the risk.