Few things inspire me more than people who can write and perform music. Every year I try to attend as many concerts as possible to nurture my love of live musical performance. The beautifully raw sound, the connection with the audience and seeing someone uninhibited at the top of their craft is as good as it gets.
I’ve come to grips with the fact that I can never be a rock star, but it struck me one summer night, as I was walking out of a Bahamas show at Jackson-Triggs, that I’m lucky enough to express myself through my wines and in conversations with visitors to our barn.
The more I thought about it, the more I came up with interesting parallels between me and my songwriting idols. Here are a few:
Songs have music and lyrics, wines have viticulture and enology.
I prefer to release “albums” as opposed to catchy singles.
We are constantly being judged, often times right to our face (this can be good and bad).
People want to hear the hits (Sauv Blanc), so you must resist getting tired of playing them and never take them for granted. However, you can’t rest on your laurels and should always strive to create new content.
It can feel monotonous at times, but you have to remember that every performance could be someone’s introduction to your work.
There are times when we want to be new and innovative and times when we’d rather be rooted and old-fashioned.
Like the best songs, wines speak to everyone differently and are often interpreted in unanticipated ways.
Eventually other people take ownership of your work and you have to let it go.
There is much solitary time, but the joy is in sharing your craft.
My wines are my songs – not everyone will like them, but that’s okay.