Its been a few months now since I first discovered Ron Sexsmith thanks to Rob Jones and Love Shines (yes, I’m a late bloomer), and the more I learn about him the more he endears himself to me and the more I can relate to him. This is a man that speaks to me on so many levels. This interview with Jian Ghomeshi on QTV says it all:
I love how honest Ron is and so much of what he says and sings rings so true to how I feel about both my writing and my life. In so many ways I too am a late bloomer. I love how Ron can be so honest about feeling depressed. I’d arguably say this is something we all go through at times, but most of us are too afraid to admit to. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about folks, it happens to all of us. I myself spent too much time working this past winter, which tends to be a precursor of mine to depression. All work and no play makes me a down girl.
And people!!! Honestly!!! Do you not understand why an artist, especially an older artist would want to be fiscally successful with their work??? They need to eat too, they need to worry about retirement too. If it’s not paying the bills, there comes a point that you wonder if it’s time to close that book and move on. It is the fact that folks enjoy your art and tell you that drives you to keep going with it, but there is nothing sexy about living the life of the starving artist or a poverty ridden retirement.
Thanks to the Shore 104.3 fm, I recently got to enjoy Ron in concert (an awesome experience) and got to meet Ron after the show. Here was a man that had been on the road singing for weeks, had to be absolutely exhausted, yet he still took the time to genuinely talk to his fans at the end of a long night. And many of them he knew and remembered from previous shows and from their online commentary. A little bit of awesome!!! He remembered things about them, listened to them, chatted music with them and shared his stories with them. He genuinely cared about connecting. Too cool! Thanks Ron!
I write this now for slightly melancholy reasons. You see, based on HBO Canada’s Love Shines schedule, it looks like the schedule of airings is coming to an end tomorrow (Thursday June 30th, 2011) with two last screenings at 9:30 am & 3:55 pm EST/MST. So I’d like to declare Thursday June 30th, Ron Sexsmith Day in Canada & highly encourage you all to take it off and spend the day with Ron on the couch.