Nashville Journal - A Month In
It’s been a little over a month in to my new home of Nashville, TN. For a boy born and raised in New England, I must say days that come close to reaching 60 degrees in the middle of December ain’t too shabby.
But I didn't move here for the weather. I moved here for music.
In Maine, I was somebody. Walking down the streets of Portland, my girlfriend Lindsey would always point out how many people I know we see on the way. I was a bit of a local celebrity.
In Nashville, I am nobody. I’m another fresh yankee moving to Nashville with his dream set on becoming the next big thing. People have no point of reference to my work with North of Nashville, Jay Biddy, This Way or any of the other musical projects I made a living from in Maine.
I can’t say it’s easy. I miss the comforts of home. I miss seeing familiar faces when I’m out on the town and people who know my songs at the shows. Perhaps most of all, I miss my amazing friends up north.
Despite the growing pains of adjusting to a new city, I couldn’t be more excited at the chance to take a few steps back in hopes to take a major leap forward. Having a house with Lindsey has made our relationship even more exciting. Living with my good friend Billy has been a pleasure. The food. The beer. THE SHOWS!!! Every day there’s at least 5 shows I want to see. It’s like I’ve died and went to music heaven where my heroes are no longer a face on an album cover. They’re my neighbors!
Musically, I’ve been busy. Keeping North of Nashville going in Maine while I am launching a solo project down here has had its challenges and it continues to be a learning experience. It’s good to see Andrew jamming with the Mallett Brothers Band during NoN’s downtime. MBB is a better band with his addition and I’m sure they know that as well as the audiences at shows.
It’s going to be a real treat to saddle up on the NoN horse for some shows in February and celebrate the release of our new record, Strike Up The Band.
I’ve been writing my ass off down here. I belong to the Nashville Songwriter’s Association and I’ve been taking advantage of all the benefits they offer their members, especially use of the writing rooms. Because of NSAI, I am writing music on Music Row Monday - Friday.
There is something magical about writing in a neighborhood where, within a few blocks, there are hundreds of songwriters, singers, bands, agents, labels, publishers and producers all plugging away at one specific goal - to reach people through music.
It’s inspiring stuff to say the least and I’ve been happy with the progress I’ve made since the move, but it’s going to be an uphill battle if I come close to reaching some goals I’ve set for myself. There's no turning back for me in site. I'm gonna get there one way or another.