A Letter From Alexis
10 years ago, I left a respectable career as Urban Forestry Coordinator with the City of San Francisco to become a full-time musician. I was a even a few years away from “vesting” (or “eating for the golden rice bowl" as one of my colleagues would say with dog-like licking motion that still grosses me hell out).
It wasn’t a total blind leap into the financial unknown. In addition to performing and selling the 4 records I’d made in my 30s, I found some success placing songs in TV shows and some films. I’d also been freelance composing for some music houses and publishing companies and earning decent money from residuals.
When I quit my day job, there was a 3-year old girl to help support...so the stakes were raised. Also just the dread of waiting for "the golden rice bowl" propelled me along in the new endeavor.
In 2007, I signed a co-publishing deal with Lionsgate Entertainment and (naively) thought I was set as a songwriter. But I realized quickly that I was a wee fish in the giant LGE pond and, after the term was up, I licked my wounds and went back to doing it myself.
Six years ago, I co-founded Pollen Music Group with 3 incredibly talented partners. Its been a hustle for sure, but we’ve built a great company and get to work on some incredibly cool projects. After 5 years, I needed to make another record and my partners graciously gave me a sabbatical to finish songs I’d been kicking around for a while (and also write some brand new ones).
Dear Listener... I give you “A Perfect Waste of Time”