My life as a music writer.
If you had told me that my dropping into the publications office of the Fanshawe Student Union late in 2009 would lead me to a long-running music column and work as a music writer — at a year and a half later, and counting — I don’t think I would have believed you.
I don’t think that I would have believed that I’d make such great friends of publicists and promoters, become acquainted with some of Canada’s most interesting and inspiring artists, or conducted some of the great interviews that I have. I don’t think I’d have believed that I’d run a second Twitter account, contribute to a music page on Facebook, or write show reviews for OurLondon.ca.
I don’t think I would have believed that I would travel to Los Angeles with George Stroumboulopoulos to meet the Foo Fighters, or that I’d get to sit in on Alan Cross interviewing Matthew Good for ExploreMusic while previewing his new record. I don’t think I’d have believed that I’d get press credentials to cover NXNE in Toronto or SCENE Fest in St. Catharines, or tickets to attend Osheaga in Montréal.
And funnily enough, I don’t think I’d have believed that I’d find peace and happiness in pursuing writing as a living, almost non-stop since that trip into the FSU; I admit, for a while I was lamenting the fact that I’m not getting any work in design — my chosen field of study — but I’ve really begun enjoying writing over the last year, enjoyed looking at different perspectives and working on finding a voice.
At any rate, I got to thinking about it all and realized that I’m pretty lucky — 2011 has been a busy year, a great year. There’s been a lot of good music, adventure and opportunity… and I can’t wait to see what more is waiting as the summer carries on.
Ps, the photo above is one I took at the London Convention Centre this past week when I went to see Switchfoot and The Reason on behalf of OurLondon.ca. It wasn’t used by the site in the story, but I dig it.