Grant Davidson took the plunge and committed to his music with a new name and a fresh start.
“I’d put out music under my own name before and I just wanted to have a fresh start, and so I decided I wanted to use an alternate name,” said the Winnipeg musician.
He chose the moniker Slow Leaves, which is a phrase from a poem by one of Davidson’s favourite authors, Argentina’s Jorge Luis Borges.
“It had the right poetic cadence and ambiguity that appealed to me,” Davidson said, adding that it captures the tone of his music.
“They’re basically chronicles of my life and how I see it. It’s contemplative music, I think, and so I think the name captures that,” he said.
Davidson will be downtown at The Grind House Cafe this Friday, performing his unique style of 1970s-inspired folk music with friend and fellow musician Micah Erenberg.
“We’re travelling pretty light, but doing mostly pretty intimate shows and it’s been good so far,” Davidson said.
Currently on a tour of Western Canada, Slow Leaves Grant Davidson wasn’t always a musician.
After releasing three albums under his own name, he decided in 2014 to quit his job teaching English to immigrants and commit to his music.
“I wasn’t working at it. I wasn’t touring and I had other jobs,” Davidson said.
“I was getting to a point where I was feeling I wanted to do something with my music, but I didn’t really feel like I had the courage to take that leap — quit my job and go at it as a full-time thing.”
The career change likely wouldn’t have been possible if not for the encouragement of his wife.
One night, while lamenting on the fate of his songs and a lack of fulfilment from his job, Davidson’s wife told him to quit his job and pursue his music career.
The rest they would figure out later.
“It was the first time I saw that as a realistic option, so that’s what I did,” Davidson said.
Since then, he has released two albums — Beauty Is So Common and Enough About Me — toured Europe twice and was selected as one of three winners of the inaugural Allan Slaight Juno Master Class in 2015.
Slow Leaves takes the stage at The Grind on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10.