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I’ve never believed in the myth of the “starving artist”, never bought into the need to starve in pursuit of my dreams. I have and intend always to thrive doing what I love. Nonetheless, there came a day while I was living at 106 Cabrini Blvd in Washington Heights, that I was down to my last $5. Starvation was not looming, but thinking outside the box was definitely required. So, as any self-respecting actor/singer/songwriter would do in the face of such a dilemma…I improvised.
I’d heard about this thing called “driveaway”, and it sounded like the perfect solution. I sublet my apartment, borrowed enough money to catch the NJTA/SEPTA train to Philadelphia, and embarked on my survival adventure.
Driveaway is a service that helps out people relocating cross-country who don’t feel like driving their car all the way to their new home, by finding other people willing to drive their
car across the country for them…for a little cash. Enter the artist who doesn’t believe in starving. When I arrived at their office door, the good folks at driveaway handed me an address, a check for expenses plus, and the keys to a blue Ford Taurus. I had 3 weeks to get the sedan across the country to Tuscon Arizona. The rest was up to me.
I pointed her headlights West and made my first stop at my parent’s house in Hershey where I would plan the rest of my route. Next stop Ohio to visit dear friend and former roomie from Duke, Dawnie. I carried on hopping from relative to friend to relative all the way to Wichita, Kansas where I spent a few days visiting my farthest flung sibling, big brother, Brian. After Wichita my dance card was empty – my sphere of friends and family extended no farther West. It was time for the solo adventure to begin.
I pulled out of Brian’s driveway on a Tuesday before the sun had crept into the sky. As I drove into the darkness it finally hit me. The punch landed as a question: What am I doing!? Am I running away from NYC and my dreams of making a big career on the stage? Am I running toward a new adventure to fuel my newly discovered passion for songwriting? What am I hoping to find? Am I trying to escape? Escape what? My thoughts echoed in the silent car.
I drove West on Route 50 with the sun rising in my rear view. I had never and still haven’t seen anything like the nothingness that is the horizon when you drive due West out of Kansas. The open space and lack of…anything…to use as a reference point is unsettling. The Taurus wheels whined against the pavement. My thoughts fell into the rhythm of the road.
I drove all day and it wasn’t until the sun started creeping down my windshield that the vague outline of the Rockies grew into view. I thought it was my tired eyes, but the outline grew sharper as I drove. By the time the sun sank over it, the horizon was a mountain silhouette. I pulled into Monte Vista, CO too late for a decent dinner, so I headed straight for the Movie Manor, my chosen hotel for the night. My first solo stop along the road.
And it was a doozy…. (to be continued)
SING LOUDER REVIEWS:
"I LOVED this CD the first time I heard it, and it is worth playing over and over again.."
- Nick Noble, WICN 90.5 FM
The Folk Revival Top CDs 2017
"These times require songs of compassion and commitment and Meghan Cary has several, especially 'Sing Louder' and "Responsibility,' which inspire us to reach our higher selves and Meghan sings them with such infectious joy you can’t resist joining in."
- John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM
"Meghan Cary, with indefatigable energy, molds every song with sophisticated melodies and intriguing lyrics. SING LOUDER delivers hard-won, uplifting realizations from life's struggles.”
- Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live NYC
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DJ Chart Debut:
"Sing Louder" #2 song
"Responsibility" #6 song
SING LOUDER #6 album
Meghan Cary #7 Artist
SING LOUDER Top Ten Album of 2017
- Artie Martello, WIOX 91.3 FM
- Nick Noble, The Folk Revival, WICN 90.5 FM
"Sing Louder" Top Ten Song of 2017
- John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM
SING LOUDER ON THE AIR:
WFPN, WFUV, WFDU, WYEP, WVUD, WUSB, WTBQ, WSPN, WICN, WRUR, WRPI, WRKF, WRFG, WQCS, WPRB, WMSC, WMNF, WMCB, WLJS, WIUP, WIOX, WHYR, WGDR, WGDH, WFMU, WFMT, WFHB, WESU, WEFT, WCOM, WBRS, WBGU, NZDT, KVSCM, KVMR, KGLP, KPR, CKUT, CKOL, 2AIR-FM, CJLX, NHPR, WAMC, WWUH, WHUS, WXPI, BLUESANDROOTSRADIO.COM
thank you to all of the DJs and stations who've already spun tracks from SING LOUDER!!