For years, I provided the soundtrack to a million brain-numbing buzzes.
For two decades, I was gainfully employed as one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most popular exports: the excellent folk pop party boy band Great Big Sea.
That success came at a cost, though. It’s a story that involves addiction — and overcoming sexual abuse.
I’m now 52, and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, but I have to wonder how I now fit in with the “Newfoundland brand” I once worked so hard to sell.
First, let me tell you about where I came from.
I was born in Carbonear and my people come from Gull Island and Northern Bay.
When I was two years old, my dad got a job in the “city state” of St. John’s so I was raised a townie but we always kept our hearts close to where we came from.