As I get comfortable with rehearsing material for upcoming performances, I find myself reflecting on all the extremely talented people I've been blessed to connect and work with through the many aspects of my life...
In music and specifically in performance, the bonds created have been sincere and comfortable. I've had to trust and be trustworthy because live performance can be merciless at times. As a vocalist or front person, I know when things don't go as rehearsed, the quality my improvisation is suddenly reflected in the relationships I've established with the musicians and stagehands who are out there with me, some I've often only just met. I've suffered with anxiety, forgotten words, fallen out of melody, missed ques, had stage equipment fail, and even on the rare occasion had 'special effects' backfire. Through it all, I've come to value the creative wit and amazing professionalism of some great people who've helped me overcome those unexpected moments. For me, music has not only been an emotional outlet and a source of inspiration, but more importantly music has turned out to be good for my soul.
LISTEN - Not While I'm Around: Damin Starr, The Music That Surrounds You, 2003
S. Sondheim / Rilting Music Inc. / Warner Chappel Music Canada Ltd.
December 15, 2018, I am delighted to join wonderfully talented musicians from the Hamilton area for an afternoon of friendship and music to celebrate the season. Fellow musician Myke Hutchings has put together this event and I encourage you to check it out. Tap on the picture to access the Facebook event page for more details and to connect with the organizer. I hope to see you there !