In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the singer-songwriter, Sarah Proctor, shares one of her stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
When I turned 16, I started gigging around my local area, playing covers and original songs that I wrote whilst learning to play guitar. I remember this one gig in particular, I was playing at the Georgian Theatre, which was a venue I played quite often. I had just written one of my first-ever songs and decided to play it live that night. After the show a woman came up to me whilst I was walking off stage. She was crying and said, “Thank you so much for playing and writing that song.” She explained how much she related to it. The entire exchange was so strange for me, but also the best feeling ever, haha! I hadn’t experienced someone reacting that way to something I had written before and I have never forgotten it.
Now, when people ask me why I want to do music, I always think back to that day and remember the feeling that woman gave me. I think it’s amazing what music can do. I love how a song I wrote in my bedroom or in the studio about my own experiences can connect people all over the world. It makes you realize how connected we all really are and how so many of us can be going through a similar thing at the same time. I think that’s why gigs are so special. They allow for a room full of strangers to come together and let go of everything around them, even if it’s just for an hour or so. Everyone is connecting and experiencing the same thing at the same exact time.