The Shed Sessions are a series of live videos of my original music, to capture them live and acoustic.
This one is dedicated to people quarantining away from friends & family. It's also dedicated to my own family who I'm missing extra these days, as well as all my fellow TCKs out there! My family lived in three different countries before I turned 18, and I've lived in three on my own since. Now, my brother and sister-in-law, myself, and my parents are living on three different continents. Though not having strong roots or a stable sense of 'home' has had its challenges over the years, both growing up and now in adulthood, I wouldn't trade the life or experiences we had. I am grateful and still in awe of my parents for taking a chance on a life they didn't even know possible, putting two kids on their backs and never looking back... all in the days before face time! It has resulted, though, in finding that sense of home in more unusual places: The Third Culture, a pint of Guiness with an old friend, Laksa, Hockey Night, the back of Jasmine's van.
I released this song as single in October, and this song and I have been through a lot together. A long production process for it to see the light of day, and then a pretty thorough release process. Its still one of my favourite songs I've written and one of my faves to play live!
"West Coast" came together quickly musically and lyrically. I remember sitting on the floor of my room in my student house writing it. At the time I was living in Hamilton, Ontario. People in that part of North America tend to have romantic ideas about the West Coast, as a simpler way of life, a slower pace. This song is about dreaming about faraway places that don't exist and how we think we might feel when we get there. It's haunted me in the sense that whenever I play a set, this song seems to stand out and connect with people. The challenge has been to write something better!