NANCY'S BLOG

 

Stories from the road and musings on the music business... comments welcome, and you can subscribe below. 
Nancy Ruth is also a contributor to the Huff Post and Life As A Human - blogs originally published on those sites are shared here with permission.

Morocco - Chapter Three

It’s always good to have a Plan B - then again, there’s really no point. Better to improvise and let the forces intervene… 

After months of preparing logistics and building a great team of musicians and techs, I set off…

Morocco - Chapter Two

By the time I arrived in the middle of the Moroccan Sahara Desert I was speechless. I was surrounded by nothing but sand and sky, hues of gold and blue - utter silence and air so clean it was a…

Morocco - Chapter One

My fascination with Morocco started when I was about eleven. Although I grew up in an isolated area, in a forest on the West Coast of Canada, we had a family friend who would sometimes bring me little souvenirs from…

Do You Care If They're Tearing You Apart?

When I was a young singer I went to a lot of jam sessions. Jams are great for meeting other musicians, learning how to improvise, and how to communicate with other players. You get up onstage with other ‘jammers’ who…

My $150. Piano Lesson: Play What You Want To Hear

When I was starting out my music career, I wanted to accompany myself on the piano as I sang, and I wanted to do it well. 

My classical piano studies taught me a lot about technique and reading music…

How I Became Fashionably Unfashionable

When I was growing up on Vancouver Island, I loved to complain about my hand-me-down wardrobe. My parents were both artists, and they didn’t have much money. As a kid, I really didn’t care or even notice that my…

How to Book a Tour of Australia

For Agents, Managers, and Self Managed musicians: How To Book A Tour Of Australia 

By Nancy Ruth

Australia is a vast country with a lively music scene, well-equipped venues, enthusiastic audiences, and great travel infrastructure. It’s a fun place to…

Singing on Steroids

The show must go on. This phrase was drilled into my head as a kid when I was starting my career. I can honestly say that in my 30 years of touring I’ve never missed a show. That…

From Record Deal to Indie

In the music biz, we’re often conditioned to believe that a dream come true is getting the coveted ‘record deal.’ It suggests recognition and a leg up to greater success, which to me mostly means still getting to do

I Forgot to Have Kids

When people ask me why I didn’t have kids, I give them the closest answer to the truth I can find: ‘I forgot.’ 

When I was in my early twenties, I was sure I’d be a big success as a…

Horse at the Door

I’ve always loved horses. When I was 15 I decided to buy one. I didn’t tell my parents, because I knew they’d say no. But since I’d saved $700. by selling kool-aid throughout my childhood summers, I figured I had…

New Starts, New Works of Art


I’ve moved more times than I can count, and I just packed up and moved again. 

Since moving is so stressful and I’ve usually done it on my own, I’ve learned to live with fewer belongings. Sometimes when I…

The Art of Abandoning the List

Have you made a list today? I’ve always been a list maker. Writing my daily and weekly objectives helps me focus, and I like the little adrenaline jolt I feel when I cross off a task. Accomplished! Feels good. 

Pre-Show Madness!

When I was a child I wanted to be an astronaut. Growing up in the log house my father built on Canada’s West Coast, we didn’t watch TV, nor were there any neighborhood kids to play with. But the undistracted…

Paycheque To Paycheque?

Do you live ‘paycheque to paycheque’? 

As a musician with no job security, having a steady paycheque would be a luxury. Unless it sucked the life out of me. 

While in college I did a brief stint…

Running for Answers

What physical exercise clears your head? 

I like to run. It appeals to my practical side: it’s free, effective exercise and it has the added benefit of leading me to solutions. 

Like many creatives, I have a…

Footsteps full of Wonder

I’m fascinated by this thought: with each footstep I take here in Spain, there have stepped before me a long history of characters, from Vandals, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors to Catholic queens. I’ve pondered on paths where Celts may…

Now Means Later

​Do you remember when you first discovered the concept of time?  

I was on a beach in Sidney, B.C. where I grew up, and I drew the word “NOW” in the sand with a stick, only to watch…

Can't Wear Yellow

I love yellow. I don’t wear it much because my skin is so pale that it washes me out. So, I have yellow curtains, instead. I also have yellow placemats, which I alternate with green ones so I don’t…