Lesson Learned: I’ve Gotta Be Me

In summing  up this year of blogging, one apparent truth emerged: I can’t be anyone else.  As Sammy Davis Jr. sang “Whether I find a place in this world or never belong/I’ve gotta be me.”

It may seem cliche, but I’ve come to a few realizations.  I can’t write like anyone else. I can’t make anyone else like me.  I can’t worry about whether I’ll be found worthy in the eyes of others. Not anymore.  This was a year of rejection, failure, and procrastination, but  instead of feeling discouraged or (worse) envious, I just have to keep growing and learning.

In case I don’t blog again before the end of the year, I want to offer well wishes to everyone who takes the time to read this little blog.  The holidays can be a difficult time for so many, but I sincerely hope you’re blessed with love, laughter, and a little relaxation this season. Thank you for being a part of my journey.


Edited December 29, 2014: Here are the top ten most viewed posts on Goodnight Hestia for 2014.   Some of these posts were quite short in length; others contained a great deal of gushing.  Nonetheless, all of the musicians listed below made great music.

10. Listen: North Country Gentlemen

9. Michelle Attardi’s EP Showcases Enviable Range, Charismatic Talent

8. Ramble On: American Longspurs’ Palo Santo Speaks To Restless Hearts

7. Collective Strength: The Beauty and Power of the Modern Grass’ City Ghosts

I’m happy to note that not only did City Ghosts win Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards, but  Tom Terrell and Karl Falkenham also nabbed Producer of the Year honors at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  These accolades were well-deserved.

6. Kathryn Legendre Blazes Her Own Path

5. Steel Audrey Captivates With Quiet Eloquence

4. Listen: Whatever You Need – Rosie and the Ramblers

3. Mersi Stone Builds A Solid Foundation With New EP

2. Cover: “Hallelujah” – Jennie Curran

1. Runaway Angel’s Story Begins With “Our Story”

I couldn’t be happier that this trio is at the top of the list.  In 2014, Stacey, Ann, and Cadence built up their fan base, played numerous showcases, were Emerging Artist finalists at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, and signed with C Sharp Music Promotions. In 2015, they’ll release their official debut single “Run Angel Run” (co-written with Bruce Wallace) and fans can look forward to their self-titled EP in the spring.  Expect great thing from these ladies. In the meantime, go ahead and enjoy their cover of “Jolene.”

8 thoughts on “Lesson Learned: I’ve Gotta Be Me

  1. I hear you on the realizations. I keep thinking I’ve learned that stuff only to find myself continually needing to learn it anew in different ways and circumstances. Ah, life.

    Love all the thoughtful reviews and recommendations. I’ve long been subscribed to your feed so I won’t miss anything, and I’m always so glad to see anything new pop up. Thanks for everything you do. Happy holidays to you and yours.

    1. CM, I don’t think I told you this, but I took your eloquent post “Race You To The Bottom” to heart. Love reading your work – it challenges and inspires me. Thanks for everything. Have a wonderful holiday.

  2. There is a point that all us bloggers hit this wall-that “to hell with the like buttons and comments or follows or un-follows—-I am just gonna do what I want or not do it at all-it’s not like I am getting paid!”

    It is the only way this stuff starts to work. So -wish you the best being you.

    Cheers Wayne

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