I'm about to embark on a challenging and exciting adventure that is sure to elicit both high and low-lights and I'd love to share it all with you as I go. As of September 28th, I'll be driving south in the direction of Nashville to write my next record. I've been working tirelessly on a van I bought last June to convert it into a beautiful and creative living space - otherwise known as a camper van.
I'll be living out of this van, (her name is Dolly Partvan) and driving through several major music cities including Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, and Memphis!
I have few goals for this adventure - it can't be all fun and games!
1) Be inspired and humbled by some amazing artists and musicians along the way. Sometimes I feel like you get trapped in a local "bubble" and your reality of talent and skills is skewed compared to what's happening in the rest of the world. I feel this is particularly true when you live on an island! It's time to burst that bubble!
2) Write my next album. I'm planning on writing at least one song per week and filming it. I'll be posting these "North To Nashville" sessions on my Patreon site for my fans, friends, and supporters to see and be involved in.
So what's Patreon? It's this fantastic platform that was created by, well, creators! It stems off an old model where "Patrons" would support an artist. Think back to Beethoven and Chopin. These artists would have a benefactor that would financially support them so they could create the masterpieces that we still enjoy today. The modern-day Patreon allows people to contribute as low as $2 a month!!
So, do I think I'm the next Beethoven? No, although Fur Elise was my go-to piano song when I was twelve, I sadly left those notes in my past. Patreon is the future and it allows for a very community-based meeting ground and I'm very excited about it!
Along with these North To Nashville videos, I'll be posting pics of my notebook with original song lyrics (including my messy re-writes), Vanlife hacks and videos of my adventures through the US, and best of all, you will be helping my write my next album!
YES! YOU WILL BE A HUGE PART OF THE WRITING PROCESS!
This will be an amazing place for you to give feedback on the songs I'm creating in REAL TIME. This is a place where I can be most vulnerable with the people who are truly excited about what I'm doing and I want to be able to give back you in any way I can. I want to make this a community where we all contribute and can be as involved as we like.
If you'd like to learn a bit more, simply click HERE and you'll be directed to Patreon to see my little community hub. Hope to see you there!