New Year’s Resolution: Move to the City, Start a Band

2014 New Year's Resolution

Friday, March 07, 2014

What is the creative project you want to tackle in 2014?

When we put out the call in December, we heard from hundreds of people eager to commit themselves to following through on their artistic plans. We’re following a few of them this year. Mike Doughty wants to write a musical based on the Book of Revelation. Adrienne Ognibene will create a series of paintings and charcoal drawings. And after 30 years out of the spotlight, Julie Bayley will write jokes for a stand-up set.

Gabriel Walker, who lives in Maysville, Kentucky, has played guitar for 40 years. But his music got sidelined by a career in sound design, producing other peoples’ music instead of performing his own. “I became fearful of taking the risk,” he tells Kurt Andersen.

His 2014 New Year’s resolution is to form a band and play a showcase with a six-song set.

Gabriel has decided he’ll need to move to a bigger city to find the other players that will help him achieve his goal. “I’m concerned about working with other musicians, which I haven’t done in quite some time,” he admits. “I’m also concerned about singing. I let my voice kind of go. It’s not what it once was.” But he’s undaunted: “When the weather breaks, I’m headed to Louisville.”

Task #1: Visit Louisville jazz clubs.

→ Got advice for Gabriel? Post a Comment below.

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Gabriel Walker

Produced by:

Jenny Lawton and Andres O’Hara-Plotnik

Comments [1]

Aabe from Maysville, KY

I think your music and humanities background will serve you well. You have a natural gift for finding the "music" in everything. Your leadership ability will help you work well with other musicians, don't be afraid to lead. Remember to throw a little bluegrass into your Jazz!! We will look forward to coming to Louisville to see you perform. Best of luck.

Abe, Forrest, Noah

Apr. 09 2014 08:05 PM

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