Pitch: Antigonish NSLC
There is always forward momentum, progress. You can't do anything without gradually getting better at it. Back home there was an open mic night that I went to, and every week I could feel myself getting steadily more comfortable around the microphone. When I started this busking journey four years ago, I was really bad. I remember people giving me money and telling me to spend it on lessons. But I have marched ever forward, and I've picked up skills and techniques that I probably could have learned faster if I had paid a teacher. I have become the musician I am today without any vocal or ukulele training, and I'm really goddamn proud of that.
This last week hasn't been a slow and steady incline of improvement though, it has been a cliff face. I have learned half a dozen new songs, I've figured out how to sing harmonies while playing live, and I've become really close friends with complete strangers. I feel significantly different, like one book has been closed and the new one cracked open. This was must be what starting university is like. This is all happened because Sadie let me join her that day and I can't thank her enough for that. I've been doing this on my own for so long I had no idea how just one person to collaborate with could have such a monumental impact.