November 22, 2007 - Time
How can it be the end of November already?
As my music career takes on a different scope, I see time in a very different fashion. When I hosted my radio show, I used to always talk about how musicians view time quite differently than most people. As well, they are constantly living multiple timelines. But I didn't really have as much of a sense of it from the lived perspective. I've always been a very busy person, but these days, I'm finding that time poses an extra interesting challenge.
Doing radio, one might even say that I was experiencing the opposite of what professional musicians experience in terms of quantity of time. One minute left while a song is being aired is enough time to review what comes next, look up a CD in the data library, fetch it, cue up a song, check up on your musical guest, and so on...
As a musician, a minute is not enough time for anything! I'm finding that more and more, a month is not enough time to book a show and properly promote it. Perhaps it's because the expectations are much, much higher. I don't play shows just because anymore. The goals have changed, and the associated work has increased exponentially. Not that I'm complaining. I love all the work associated with promotion, which is why, despite now having a manager, I still take on a lot of the administrative tasks related to my music career. (And long ago, I have faced the fact that I have control issues.)
At the moment, as well as getting ready to submit applications for all of those music festivals, we're in the midst of booking a few summer tours in Canada and in Europe. We're now lining up work seven months ahead of time. And by next summer, I imagine that we'll already be booking for Summer 2009.
In the interim, here is a list of the last of my 2007 dates. Afterwards, I will spend the rest of 2007 getting ready to finish recording my second album. We're going back to Dave Draves' Litte Bullhorn Studios during the first two weeks of January. It's my plan to release the new album in early summer.
Marie-Josée Houle plays "All that Glitters Jewellery Exhibition" at the Lafreniere and Pai Gallery
Marie-Josée Houle and Trevor Alguire play the Lazy Owl
Marie-Josée Houle and Trevor Alguire play the Café Vivant
Marie-Josée Houle and Trevor Alguire play the Dog and Duck
Marie-Josée Houle and Trevor Alguire play the Slice
Marie-Josée Houle plays the Blue Chair Café
I hope to see you soon!