A Song A Week For A Year Of Perfect Timing

It’s been almost a year since I released Perfect Timing on March 11, 2016.  I’ve been reflecting back on that time - thinking about where I’ve been and where I’m going.  If I’ve grown creatively?  If I’ve accomplished enough?  If I know who I am as an artist?  I’ve been navigating Nashville as a songwriter, played a handful of shows and writer’s rounds, and have co-written a decent amount over the past 12 months.  But, I’m a little ashamed to say that I hadn’t written a whole song by myself in over a year, which left me feeling creatively unfulfilled.  Lately I’ve been focusing on reading, journaling, and writing songs that really mean something to me - writing my truth.  A lot of the time, that means sitting by myself at my desk for days on end.  Other times, it’s dragging a patient and talented co-writer through it with me.  It’s not easy.  I’ve been irritable and frustrated and much of the product is disappointing, but, sometimes something comes out that is rewarding and healing and that’s how I know I’m doing it right.  To celebrate my new found peace with writing my own story and the fact that it’s been a year since I first put music into the world, I’ll be sharing a new tune each week, leading up to March 11th, in a video on my Facebook page.  A fresh song every Friday.  One that I’m proud of, that made me smile when I finished it (even if it’s really sad).  Thanks for listening.

xo, Becky

Spring Mini Tour Recap

Last week I packed all my gear into my car and very anxiously hit the road, playing solo acoustic shows and Priceline-ing my way from Nashville and New York and back. It was a great time and I can’t wait to do more of it!  

I discovered the very hip, cool and artistic town of Johnson City, TN on May 29th when I played The Acoustic Coffeehouse.  Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, it was the perfect place for my first show of the week.  I got to play outside on a beautiful evening to a patio full of people (and dogs!) who seemed genuinely interested in my songs and politely laughed at my jokes!  After the show I got to visit with some locals, indulge in a quite decadent veggie pizza and was introduced to Dr. Enuf, a real nice sparkling beverage that is only available in Eastern Tennessee - the boost of caffeine, ginseng and vitamins it packed got me all the way to Roanoke, VA for the night.  

Monday was Memorial Day and a long day of driving from Virginia to New York.  Leave it to me to plan a 10 hour drive for the busiest car travel day of the year!  I got lucky with an awesome discover weekly Spotify playlist and beautiful weather, so I just embraced it!  I was lucky not to run into much traffic, and was very happy to arrive to my parents house in upstate New York for a day of downtime on Tuesday before my next show.  

I made up for whatever traffic I avoided on Memorial Day on Wednesday afternoon in Northern New Jersey rush-hour, trying to get to my show at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.  I was a little flustered as I arrived later than I wanted to, worried that I wouldn’t have enough time to get myself situated and zoned in before the show.  Then the nerves kicked in when I rolled up to the venue and saw my name literally in lights for the very first time!  That was a big surprise!  I can’t say enough about how wonderful Brian, Patrick and everyone at UCPAC were.  It is a top notch venue and I’m so honored to have been able to play there and make some new fans!  I’ve already planned a return to Rahway for another event, so stay tuned for details on that!  

Thursday was a very nerve-racking, but very special day for me - my first time playing a show in my hometown since moving to Nashville.  I’m so lucky to have such an amazing place to call home, filled with an incredible group of supportive family and friends who are so excited about what I’m doing.  I had this terrible fear of disappointing them that night!  Anyone who performs will tell you that it is harder to play to a few people you know than it is to play to a room packed with strangers, thus the knot that was in my stomach for the entire day.  I even considered faking sick (I definitely could’ve thrown up) and canceling the show!  I’m glad I didn’t, because before I knew it, I was two songs into my set, my nerves subsided and I actually started having fun!  It turned out to be one of the best nights I’ve ever had.  I couldn’t believe how many people came out to support me and I am so, so thankful for every kind word, hug, pat on the back, and dollar in the shoe-box you gave me!  

It’s never easy leaving my old home for my new home in Nashville, but that week sent me off on Friday morning wanting to make my dreams come true more than ever!  As I share my music and my aspirations with more and more people along the way, I’m realizing I not only want to do this for me, but for everyone who believes in me and supports me.  What a wild and beautiful journey it is!

- Becky

 

 

Making Perfect Timing

Recording and releasing music is something I’ve dreamed of doing for as long as I can remember.  I used to listen to homemade mixtapes in my walkman cassette player on long family road trips, pretending I was picking out songs to put on my album.  Back then, I didn’t really know where the songs came from.  I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me as a little girl that someone sat down and created those songs.  Songwriting is something I discovered later on, and haven’t been doing for all that long, but am deeply in love with.  There is no feeling like the one I get after finishing a new song.  I’m so happy (even when it’s a sad song) and so fulfilled, like I’m doing exactly what I should be.  At the same time, it is the most difficult and vulnerable thing I’ve ever done.

I’ve grown immensely as a person and an artist making my first EP.  I’ve struggled with the push and pull of being creative; the highs of feeling good about my work and the lows of insecurity, second guessing and worrying that people are going to tell me it’s awful.  I’ve taken risks that I never thought I’d have the guts to take; self-funding a project that will likely never pay me back and sending it out into the world to be heard by anyone.  I’ve been more supported than I ever thought I would be; playing these songs to a room full of my family and friends before moving to Nashville, having so many people offer to help me with graphic design, building a website, writing a bio, and help in any way they can.  It’s all been terrifying and incredibly liberating.  It makes me feel alive and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  

Now that I’m at the end of the process, I’m excited to share what I’ve done.  I’ve written songs that I’m really proud of and brought them to life with the help of a great producer and some very talented musicians.  I’ve learned so much about the process of this art form, about myself and about the journey of life.  It may not be perfect, but it’s Perfect Timing (see what I did there?).  I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be in my life.  There is nothing better than listening to your heart and believing in yourself.  

Perfect Timing will be released on March 11th on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, etc.  Check back for links then!  I hope you enjoy my songs, and I hope you’re inspired to follow your heart and do something you’ve always wanted to do.  The prize is the journey, and we're all on it! Don’t take it too seriously and find some joy in every day!  

- Becky