Q&A with Okanagan musician Aaron Gordon

Q&A with Okanagan musician Aaron Gordon

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moving-on-aaron-gordon What was the inspiration behind Moving On?
The EP is a compilation of the best songs written in a period of my life where I had to learn fast that life doesn’t stop just because you can’t seem to keep going. I went from perfect relationship/life to lost and alone in the blink of an eye. This EP is how I coped.

The song Moving On is me taking stock of my life at the point of acceptance that sometimes, life is hard. I was looking for a way to make a statement that I could feel when I played it so I could get out of my head and remember that I am strong, and that life goes on even when you don’t want it to. It started out as healing for me, and then it became healing for others.

Stories come back to me every now and then about how “I just played this song on repeat for an 11-hour drive” or “this song really helped bring me back” and that’s exactly what it was meant to do. It’s why I do music.

Who is your intended audience?
Absolutely anyone who wants to listen! I do have songs that are directly targeted at adults due to content, but the rest of it is enjoyed as much by children as by senior citizens. I write about life as I experience it and I aim to write something that everyone can relate to. Most of the time. I’ve written music for all audiences from adult-contemporary to clinching an A in both high school, and college level biology courses.

What brought you to the music industry?
Music is a do-it-yourself industry these days, especially if you want to own 100% of your own songs. I realized while recording Moving On that there was a lot more to it than just going out and getting your songs heard. I jumped on every opportunity that came my way in order to learn as much as I could about the industry hands-on.

Currently I am the stage coordinator and MC for the Interior Provincial Exhibition’s Indie Music Stage, and for the past two years also judged their Youth Talent Show. I organize/mc events like weddings (Strictly music/mc), promotional events/sales, and seasonal parties. Music for me is a 50/50 relationship between music/art and business/marketing.

I’m hoping one day to be able to just be a singer/songwriter but these things cost money.

Do you write your own lyrics?
Yes. I also collaborate/co-write with other songwriters for local shows but the songs I release are my own.

What other projects are you working on?
I am officially booked in Toronto to work with producers Mark Zubek and long-time friend Ange Lo who also produced the Moving On album. We will be recording a single entitled Like Rain that I wrote last year. Mark is a well known and highly talented producer whom I am both honoured and extremely excited to work with.

I am working on a few projects, aside from “Aaron Gordon” as a band. I write and perform spoken word at a local event called The Inspired Word Café, which you can find on Facebook. I also perform it at acoustic shows on request.

My newest project is with a few musicians from the old “Aaron Gordon Band” that have come together with some friends and are co-writing the music for this dance/rock band. We are still working on a name and writing songs but we plan to have that all worked out and will be debuting at the Interior Provincial Exhibition on multiple stages.

How would friends describe you?
I would say they find me caring and honest, easy to talk to, and sometimes will notice me to be lost in my own world. On occasion I need to be brought back to earth.

Any show dates in the near future?
I will be playing various showcases, wineries and festivals throughout the year. Concert dates are posted to www.aarongordonmusic.com

Aaron Gordon Concert Dates

Aaron Gordon & Friends Live
Saturday, July 12 at 7 pm Sir Winston's Pub, Highway 97, Vernon B.C.

Aaron Gordon Live
Saturday, July 26 at 7 pm Vibrant Vines Winery, Pooley Road, Kelowna B.C.

Aaron Gordon Live
Saturday, August 9 at 6:30 pm Beasly Park, Lake Country B.C.

Aaron Gordon & Friends Live
Saturday, August 23 at 7 pm Sir Winston's Pub, Highway 97, Vernon B.C.

Interior Provincial Expedition
Wednesday, August 27 at 11 am — Sunday, August 31 at 8pm IPE Indie Music Stage, Armstrong B.C.

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When a couple of short stories caught the eye of a magazine editor, writing became a career for this passionate wordsmith. With hundreds of stories in a variety of publications, Dawn has branched out to provide editing, coaching and business writing.

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