Connections with Mike Thom and Colleen Houde

Mike Donehey: From pain and sadness to joy and inspiration

21:54 | Aug 26, 2021

Episodes Notes

When the world was impacted by the pandemic, Mike Donehey, like so many others, found himself struggling.

Tenth Avenue North, the band that he founded and led for so many years, was amicably disbanding and planning their farewell tour when everything stopped. With the tour cancelled and the band officially over, Donehey found himself lost, not only about what his next steps were going to be but was feeling like - in his own words - a dried-out sponge.

As months went on, he realized he needed to mourn these drastic life changes as well as the unknown. The more he began to open up and let himself feel sadness and the sting of the pain, "the more joy came flooding in on the other side," he explains. Songs began pouring out and an album was quickly penned.

Today on Connections, Mike talks about his first solo project and the inspiration behind it. He also chats a bit about what the past year and a bit have been like for him.

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