A Year In The Making

musings of a professional dreamer

So, a year in the making and probably about time I started ranting and raving like the rest of the them. Welcome to “musings of a professional dreamer”, an account of life on the road from here to there, and all the spaces in between.

It is one year since I took the plunge and decided to do this music thing fulltime, and looking back over the past year I cannot believe where I stand now in comparison to those daunting days not so long ago. I’ve been so happy on the open roads of this beautiful country over the past 12 months, and cannot describe the intense satisfaction that comes from living this dream. As much as I regret not making the commitment sooner, I now know that everything leading up to this was a necessary part of the ride that got me here.

I’m home in Durban for three weeks after spending the most part of the last 3 months on the road, crisscrossing South Africa from Durban to Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bloemfontein to Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, and all the breathtaking spaces in between. Apart from playing some awesome venues with some radical local artists and meeting some super cool new faces along the way, a few highlights in May included learning to make a fire out of pure necessity; meeting the man responsible for the first album I ever bought (James Stewart from The Usual); attending my first live stand-up comedy show; finalising some awesome partnerships for the future of my music; a very unexpected psychic reading from an audience member after a show that totally caught me off guard; some beautiful words by Fiona Gordon from Artslink, who reviewed the last Cape Town show (thank you); and falling in love with a piano named Kawai that I hope to own in the not-too-distant future. The first print of the album also sold out, with the second already in circulation, and I have to send a huge shout out to everyone for their support. Your support is my independence, and I truly cannot thank you all enough for making this dream a beautiful reality. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The countdown has now begun for my debut at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am! The Durban girl is certain to experience her coldest winter yet, but the immense programme of awesome shows on offer will be my refuge, and performing 12 shows of my own is sure to keep me out of trouble. I’m setting up a few more major city tours following the festival as well, and I’m very excited for what’s still to come.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the awesome support over the past year. I can’t wait to see what the next one brings… I’ll see you on the road, onstage, or online in some shape or form soon.

Until then, here’s a line from Believe, from my next album… as soon as I find the money to make it.

“Take every chance you can possibly take. Chase every dream you have ever believed in. Treat every moment as if it’s the last. What are you waiting for? Just believe.”

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