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Branching Out

October 10, 2013

I'm still riding high on my runner-up place from Monday's open mic.  It's silly, I know, but it was such a shock to me that I still find it hard to believe. 

I associate myself musically to Canary.  I refused to do pursue anything outside of Canary for three years.  To step outside that box is definitely a good thing.  And a weird thing.  And unexpected.  Really.  I always wanted a band, and since its inception, I've wanted Canary to be that band.  And only that band.  Hence my Mick Fleetwood comparison.  But even Mick was in other bands before Fleetwood Mac.  I wasn't.  The only other bands I have been in were bands that I started - cover bands. 

I can see the error in my ways now.  Being older and a bit more pragmatic - but nevertheless the idealist and optimist I've always been, I realize that I can step out and it doesn't mean I'm leaving Canary behind.  It just means I'm branching out.

Had things gone different 18 months ago or two years ago or whenever, I wouldn't be where I am now.  Where would I be?  I don't know, for better or worse.

I still want the same thing, but my approach contains broader strokes now.  See what sticks.

I'll post the songs I performed soon.  I need to come up with some cover art first.