I feel like the longer I am around on this planet, the more I realize that sometimes things happen to us for a reason. There are times in life where you have an unexpected negative event in your journey of life that really hits you.
One of my worst was a job that was the definition of a toxic work environment. It sucked, I was always sick to my stomach and it was just an absolute disaster. In many ways it was one of the hardest part of my life so far because I had never felt so upset for such an extended period of time. As I looked back to that time of my life, I started looking at my future differently. I have a more positive outlook in general and value things I previously didn't as much. I realized life isn't always perfect and sometimes you can have bad days – everyone does. While this was certainly a bad experience that needed to end, it's important to take events like this as learning experiences. You want to focus on what you learned and how you can apply that to future experiences, and maybe help others who find themselves in a similar situation.
While a hostile work environment was one of my largest events thus far, some have it far worse. There are people that struggle with addiction and start falling off the path they never thought they'd leave. I don't care what anyone says, if you are "addicted" to something, you can't control it. Whatever it is, you HAVE to have it and it's easy to tell someone to just stop. Not that easy people.
I have found that many artists have had a time where they experienced a difficult time. A brutal relationship or even substance abuse. It unfortunately clouds over a portion of their life and many fans may not even know. They're performing one minute on a stage and the crowd is loving it, and after they are under the influence of some drug or abusing alcohol. It turns into a vicious cycle and ultimately spreads into relationships and their career. It takes a real man or woman to stand up and say "I have a problem." That's exactly what Tommy Dussault has done.
Tommy has battled addiction off and on and realized it needed to end before something tragic happened. He is passionate about music and it maintains to be a therapy for him. He's a talented young artist having looked over his music over the past few weeks. I have really enjoyed his older material such as "Morgan Mill" which features Tori Martin. It's a sound that I find fitting for his voice and loved the harmony of their voices. It's my favorite song of his older work.
His latest release is a transition from his past style, but I did enjoy it. It's more of a rock sound so it certainly isn't as country in nature as he has put out in the past. I have noticed many Texas artists do experiment a bit with their music and I think it's neat to hear the different sounds they choose. When I talked to Dussault, he told me about his battle with addiction and his changed outlook on his music. He is focused less on what people think he should be making, and more on the music that he feels is true to himself. It's an attitude thrives in independent music and allows artists to try different things.
Check out this cover Dussault did on Ryan Bingham's, "Hallelujah." A few years old but still worth a listen.
This new outlook will mean the album he has in the works will be darker and more raw. He said to me, "Truth is I shouldn't be alive, which has inspired this. No more hiding behind what sells or not." Growing up on names like James McMurty, Travis Meadows, Miranda Lambert, and Linda Ortega have shaped his style of music. While this latest song is different, he says his main focus is on honesty, much like his musical idols. I think we all know that trends come and go, but the songs that live on are the ones that tell a story or have some significant meaning. Tommy definitely has a lot of write about in his upcoming music, and I am really looking forward to what he brings us. Dalton Domino channeled his experiences into an incredible album, "Corners" and I hope that Tommy Dussault follows suit. For someone his age, he's got plenty of stories to tell and we're all ready to listen.
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