Saturday, February 6, 2021

The ever changing landscape of music in my life~

 A few years ago I had the incredible good fortune to be asked to be a part of  Dreams and Arrival, two of the busiest, most hardworking bands I've ever had the pleasure of working with. (BTW Dreams and Arrival are the same band so we were as efficient as we were diverse). 

                                                  ( from my first gig with Arrival)

This group is a well oiled machine and I had the time of my life performing on those big stages be it a festival, theatre or casino show. It was always a good gig and we were always treated, well, like rockstars. 


I was on and off planes and in and out of busses several times a month all year long for about 4 years. I loved playing the music and I especially loved the audience reaction when we played it for them. I fed off of the love vibes and gave it right back. The energy loop of music  is like no other. 




Even during the normally quieter  months when many bands closed down entirely we maintained our schedule. I was also blessed, because my solo gigs allowed me to be flexible to my travel gigs, and so I was somehow, able to do it all.

Until Covid. 

About a month pre-covid, we as a band were lighting ourselves on fire,  the Arrival band had just played Roger's arena during the Canucks game, and we launched a third band, Dixie Darlins, a tribute to the Dixie Chicks. We were driving home from a theatre  near Osoyoos BC when we got the news that the country was shutting down.

We figured it would last a couple weeks, maybe a month. 

You all know what happened next, gigs dropped left and right as the country shut down.....and it kept happening. 

One by one our bookings (which we had well into 2021 at that point) were cancelled, the ones that could be, were rescheduled for next year but immediately our calendar dried up and everyone's world changed.  As far as bands go we did as much as we could, we were involved in the first Canada wide TributeWebFest 2020, Tracy Masson and I dusted off our Abba characters and joined the Rogers arena musicians in a tribute video for the Canucks. But online work is a different animal, you don't get the energy loop. I missed it. 

The solo venues that pivoted and kept music also kept me so I've been able to do solo work all year. And that's been soul filling. As a background performer the gig is inherently different, I have to blend in, I don't need the energy loop in the same way, I can do that show for myself, I just invite people in.

PS please find Gracie's Next Door live music line up to see when I am playing next~  


Anyhow, in November, Hallelujah,  the band bookings started coming in. 

But I didn't want to do it. I was still afraid of travelling.

And something in me had changed during the months away, I had slowed down and reconnected with my family and home life, and I liked it. I liked not having a trip looming and packing and travel to worry about. 

This is where all the musicians I know who are aching to work again, think I've lost the plot .... Most of them, including everyone my own band,  want to gig. Especially my band, they are a machine, they are made for music and ready to play, and I wanted them to. So I asked them to find a sub for me. 

They did and they had a fantastic show and the rock n roll machine that is Arrival and Dreams roared on without me and I was so happy for them and so glad they could work without me getting on a plane......

and then it hit me.......
I don't miss the travelling,
I mean I miss the audience but I don't miss the grind. 
I realized I was happier at home with my family......and I think I'm done. 


Knowing there was a bigger than normal gap in our schedule (we already had bookings for 2021)  I knew it was a good time for the band to pivot and so I gave my notice, told them I was retiring from the road and they set their focus to dial in  killer new powerhouse vocals, and finally, officially, they are there!! 

Arrival and Dreams have an incredible new singer stepping  into their mix and she is a sensation all by herself in the music world, so she's going to bring a dynamic new energy to the show! You can meet Karina Morin on the facebook pages! ARRIVAL and DREAMS!

If you don't already know these bands or the players, I do hope you go find them online and keep the love flowing, for I wish them all the very best as they go out and keep kicking ass out there in the music world! Keep them on your radar and buy tickets to their shows. I can assure you they will take epic good care of you and give you that live concert experience you have been missing so much~

With bunches of love to the Arrival/Dream Team........, thank you for the years of music, I look foward to watching you blaze more trails through the industry, you all are all top shelf! 

Always a fan...

Oooooh yes I almost forgot,  I'll be opening up an Etsy store, to pass on my old stage clothes and guitarious gear~ 
Stay tuned to this page HERE

1 comment:

lezley said...

HI Rachel!
That was a tough decision to make, but know you will always have a singing heart!! So glad Jeff Neill introduced us years ago in Edmonton 2015/Barracuda (Heart Tribute). We just were never able to catch you since!

All the best in a great adventure too! At home and with family.

Lezley & Lee