She moved to the big bright city, following the Sinatra's New York adage "If you can make it there..."
She thought "if I just keep working hard enough, and play every dive, someone will notice me, and I'll get discovered!"
And she thought "I'll never leave NYC until I make it!"
|Playing the Chico Concert on the Creek|
at Riparia Farm
I moved out to California this past March, and I have to say, it's been an absolute pleasure for me as an artist. I can't believe how much welcome I've received. I've met tons of really cool people and I feel like I belong in the music scene out here, especially in Chico.
I love New York. DON'T get me wrong. Love it! But I have to say, it's just not that practical for someone who wants to pursue music or art full-time, unless he or she is already loaded. I had to work more than a full-time job to support myself as a musician, which left very little time for the creative process. I was burned out, and yet I still felt like I'd be wasting my time anywhere else.
Not So! Since I moved to NorCal not so many months ago, I've been played on the radio countless times, I've performed live twice on KZFR, and I've played 3 festivals, and many invitations to play more. Do you know what it takes for an indie artist to get played on any station in NYC? I sure don't, even though I certainly tried.
|In the Studio at KZFR 90.1|
Anyway, not to rag on NYC too much. I do miss it. But I certainly don't miss the lifestyle. I'll be happy for my 3 week visit in September, then I'll be happy to come back to California and play more shows. Until next time, Much Love!
P.S. By the way, I totally redesigned my website, so check it out at www.JessBraun.com