A long time friend, and someone who I will really miss on my trips to NYC, Kayce Laine tells why she left. Unfortunately this list is growing fast. Unfortunately for me, I miss them all, but for them, I think they all have made a good move getting away from the non paying venues and the annul raises on the housing and living costs.
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Kayce::It was really hard to summarize such a chaotic and intense time in my life.
I left for love: love lost and love gained. The decision to leave was easy:
I spent four magical weeks in Nashville working on a record with a new producer and consequently fell in love with him and the city.
A few weeks prior to that, my best friend kicked me out of my apartment so she could live there with her new husband and I found myself in a city I could no longer afford: After hearing the news that I had to suddenly leave my (relatively) cheap room in Williamsburg, it didn't take me long to realize that everything was completely out of my range.
Playing in multiple bands, teaching private music lessons, and doing random jobs on the side would no longer be able to support me.
Like I said, the decision to leave was easy and I spent the last few months crashing in a friend's spare room (aka the hallway of her railroad apartment) soaking in every minute of the city that I could. It was funny though, I started seeing the city with disillusioned eyes once I knew I was leaving.
Don't get me wrong, the city is beautiful and full of amazing people and magic. But once I knew I was leaving, I started to fully recognize and acknowledge all the things I wouldn't miss.
Not to mention, my beloved neighborhood was changing, and not for the better. My favorite bars, restaurants and shops were closing down one by one because of rent increases. Cameo Gallery, a hip bar/restaurant/venue at which I played shows frequently, closed exactly one month before I left town. I took that as a big sign that my time was closing too. It gave me peace.
Creatively, I was thriving though and I was playing fun shows with my band fairly regularly. I was sad to be leaving them but knew that Nashville held new creative opportunities for me and I was ready to see what waited for me there. On January 1, 2016, I packed up my things, put them in a minivan, drove from Brooklyn to Nashville, and never looked back.
I was done with NYC before it was done with me.
Here is some of the work we did together: Video>Kayce Laine "Echo"
|My birthday, Kayce did a set.|
See Parts 1,2,3 HERE see all
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