I came to Toronto in the early eighties. I was a full time musician at that point in my life and against the advice of pretty much everyone I knew, I came to Toronto to give my music career another try. Not having any resources at the time, I needed to get to work immediately and I called on the one and only contact I had in Toronto. He connected me with someone in Bowmanville that needed a guitar player the very next day. For the next two years, I worked as a full-time sideman in various bands that played the local circuit.
At one point and time, I auditioned for two different groups on the same day (both with female vocalists). One was “blues” and about to tour Western Canada. The other was “country” and about to tour Eastern Canada. I nailed both auditions and could have had either gig. I struggled with the decision, but being from New Brunswick originally, I thought it made more sense to go east.
In short order, I ended up managing the band and supplying the truck and PA system. This extra responsibility and income soon turned into a liability when our crooked music agent took me for pretty much everything I had. I ended up marrying the female singer in that band, had two kids together, and the music career went on hold for 25 years. Two years ago I got back at it, on a part time basis and I’m having a hoot at it.
That decision to go east instead of west, almost 3 decades ago, certainly impacted my life in a big way. I have made hundreds of life shaping decisions since then…we all have. It does make me think sometimes, that the deck of cards we are given are full of “wild cards” that we can choose to play or not. Maybe, the more wild cards we play, the more interesting our journey becomes.
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