We had the good fortune of connecting with Meredith Crawford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meredith, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Being a parent has been THE hardest job of my life. You don’t get paid directly to be a parent, but the Pay-off in being a parent could mean lifetimes and legacies of love in the long-run. So, you have to play the long game. I was not prepared to be a parent when I became one, but I know I was chosen for my kids and my kids were chosen for me, and there’s a bigger picture out there somewhere looming above us that I just can’t quite see just yet. However, the tapestry is being woven. Being a parent can be a super psychologically personal experience as you recall yourself as a kid, and then figuring yourself out as a parent, and then your kid becoming who they’re meant to be with some of your DNA somewhere in the mixture of all of that. Then, it goes beyond that. How were YOUR parents as kids? How do you think their parents were to them? All of those prior generations, genetics and family tree branches are leading you to YOUR legacy as a parent. It’s a beautiful thing! In this weird trifold mirror we reflect on the past, present, and future generations of our families and what legacy we’ll leave behind in the menagerie of that. For me, the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is to take risks, fail, and succeed all in front of my kids, all the while knowing I don’t know what legacy I leave behind for them, but the threads of the days are making something for them to rest upon when they become parents.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Accountant during the weekday, but on the weekend I’m a working musician. It’s weird for these two spheres of focus to coincide. Accounting & Music? What? That doesn’t make any sense. It puts me in a weird mental complex because I spend all week being fairly quiet and focused, then the weekend rolls around and I’m belting out songs and talking my head off with people. However, I enjoy the irony of it! From 2015-2018, I was raising my two kiddos, working full-time as an Accountant “in-training”, finishing up my Accounting Degree, recording an EP & an album, and playing anywhere from 2-4 nights a week (give or take). During that time, I also purchased my first home on my own! Those were tough years, but it’s rewarding to look back and see that. If I’m ever having a rough day or think I’ve got it real bad, I just reflect on those years and I spring back into spirit!!Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my most favorite times in the Dallas area were playing gigs in Deep Ellum & surrounding areas of Dallas. I’ve played Opening Bell, Adair’s, Free Man, the Prophet Bar, The Manhattan Project, & Truck Yard. Starting out at Adair’s Saloon with some burgers and some Lone Stars, then hopping over to the Free Man for some Blues & Jazz is always a fun venture. If you can party farther, going to High & Tight for some more groovy music is always a great time. I love catching a Tin Man Travis show or a Tin & Tonic show, Justin Pickard & the Thunderbird Winos, Slow Moving Snakes, Joshua Ray Walker or Jamie Vahala’s Open Mic at The Free Man just to name a few. I just recently went to Bowlski’s Lakewood Theather for some bowling and beer and that was a lot of fun. If The Roomsounds are playing, that’s a great show. My most favorite times had in Dallas/Deep Ellum started out with me playing an early gig and then just running around the area catching other musician-friends’ shows and meeting new people.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate this shout-out to the East Texas Music Community & my family. Every experience I’ve had, good or bad, is a gift from the Creator, and I am ever grateful for the seeds I have been allowed to sow out in East Texas. That’ll always be home.
-Brianna & Rantz Gibson, Life’s Little Moments Photography -Kevin Tinney -Chloe Bertrand