Spreading his musical wings……..
There are many great things about friendship, especially the ones that accompany us while we continue to grow.
7 years ago I came to Toronto a stranger. I started working, at first disappointed about having to start at the bottom of the food chain again due to a lack of Canadian work experience. I took an entry level Customer Service job.
Like anything in life, there are always opportunities in every thing we do. Looking back I now know that it wasn’t about my career at that point, but being a new immigrant it was about finding new friends. A call center is just about the perfect place to do so, lots of young people ready to go out for a drink or a spontaneous dinner after work.
Pascal started in that call center the same time I did. He had just moved to Toronto himself and even if he was Canadian, being from another province, he was feeling like a stranger too.
I don’t remember us being close at first. Then we went out for dinner on Queen street one evening and I still remember how surprised I was hearing him speak his mind. His thoughts and feelings were almost interchangeable with mine.
7 years later, I still enjoy our conversations and in a way he’s the brother I never had. He is this gutsy guy who goes after what he wants, despite often having to go it alone. He’s talented whether it be Music, Painting, Photography, Dance, and anything to do with disciplined creativity he thrives at. Most importantly, he has this amazing heart; passionate, vulnerable, beautiful, alive.
He has just finished recording his latest CD. I’ve seen him play live, he has played for me in his and in my home and this summer I joined him at the studio. Tonight, as I listen to his newest creations on the Internet, I hear how much he has grown in these seven years. I hear all I love about him and I realise again how close I feel. All of this makes me very happy. But there is something else. It’s pride, the pride that finishes off a part of a journey, pride that one feels for the accomplishments of the people one loves, pride that is completely unconditional.
Although you might not have my advantage of knowing him, listening to him you might be able to get a glimpse of the man I am talking about. Still trying to spread his musical wings, I know he’d appreciate your visit and maybe even a comment. If you speak French, listen to ‘partir sans revenir’.
And to you my friend I say ‘merci’ for your continued friendship. XOXOXO