The Last Month or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and then Forgot My Lesson Overnight and Kept Worrying Anyways

Trenton Burton playing guitar and singing on stage at The Handsome Daughter on February 1, 2017
Performing at The Handsome Daughter, February 1, 2017. On a side note, I recently bought that cord that’s coming out of the Korg on the left, and I think it looks like a snake. Yeah? No?

After days of panic, weeks of practice, and months of stress, I officially unveiled Six to Twenty-One at The Handsome Daughter on February 1.

As you can guess, I slept late the next day.

The last month was insane. The first few weeks of January were spent coordinating with journalists. I performed on CTV Morning Live and Shaw TV, spoke to the Winnipeg Free Pressand detailed the album in more depth on River City 360. I got called a singer/songwriter a lot. It was weird.

Trenton Burton on CTV Morning Live, with the title card reading
See? I wasn’t lying.

After the interview, River City 360’s Nolan Bicknell and I had a long conversation about this new label. “Crazy, isn’t it?” Nolan said.

For the longest time, I’ve been on the look for interviews with my favourite musicians. I’ve watched them answer questions they’re all probably sick of, like, “What’s your writing process?” or “Where are you going from here?” or “Kanye, why are your shoes always sold out?” They might not like it, but I had always wanted someone to ask me those. Especially that last one.

And there I was, answering questions as if I was a legit musician. And when I expressed that thought, Nolan said, “You are!” It was surreal.

The following week, I finally launched the album. As we set up in The Handsome Daughter, bitter cold coming in from the back door, I had an awful feeling. Something was going to go wrong.

  • Would it be the electronics? We prepared the songs with as little technology as possible to avoid trouble, but we still relied on it.
  • Would we be able to hear everything? We had a weird mix of instruments, and it was difficult to get them all sounding balanced.
  • Would I contract laryngitis, carpal tunnel, and severe tinnitus five minutes before the show?

Of course, we didn’t have any problems. Once I played the opening chords to “Six,” every worry wore away, and all that was left was to enjoy the show.

When we started, I remembered that I hadn’t planned anything, speaking-wise. Thankfully, no one seemed to mind my inane rambling between songs. Some laughed. Some yelled. One broke a bottle. Whether that was positive or negative, we’ll never know.

Thanks to everyone that came to the show, and also to those who bought the album! You can still pick it up on Bandcamp. It’s also on iTunes and the streaming services. Again, all net proceeds are being donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba & Winnipeg Region.

Until next time,