Posts tagged ‘Goals’

March 5, 2012

My first post!

My name is Christy Strickland and I am a vocalist. And this is my blog. I guess I should start with why I am writing a blog in the first place. While there are many reasons, I guess the primary one is that I wanted a place where I can share my vocal journey with all my family, friends, and fans.

So my goal is to post at least weekly about where my career is going, when I’m gigging, if I’m touring, whatever! And as a reward to my readers, at the end of each blog I will post a video of me singing a new song. Please feel free to comment with song requests. I’ve already got a few in my “queue” but I will be glad to take your suggestions into consideration.

Currently, I’ve got a few gigs slated. One is this friday, March 9th at The Wood in Maplewood, MO. It is a benefit concert for my friends mom, who has cancer. The facebook event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/307183202676262/   I’m really excited to be a part of this concert. I love that I can already take my gift and use it to help someone else in need.

After that, I’ve got a private party on April 15th. Yes, I do private parties! I’m singing for a woman’s 70th birthday party and I’m really looking forward to being able to bring back a little music from her heyday.

And other than that, my next steps are to book a gig, hire a band, and start getting out there on the regular! It’s funny. This whole process is nothing like I thought it would be. I always thought that I would find people I liked to work with, practice weekly until we had a solid hour of music, THEN find the perfect gig that suited us. It turns out, that at least in the Jazz Standards world the process is exactly the opposite. Book a gig. Then find players that suit that gig. Then rehearse a few times before taking the stage. Or at least that’s what my buddy KO says.

I also find that I’m struggling with what exactly my goal should be. Should I be looking to book small coffee shop gigs with just one player or should I be booking larger gigs? I know I really want to tour someday. But mostly, I just want to sing. I just want to share that with anybody who will listen. So that’s what I’m hoping to do.

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