For the time being, Ron Sexsmith is satisfied with his career.
The Toronto-based, St. Catharines-born-and-raised songwriter, whose high profile champions include Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and Coldplay's Chris Martin, has been thankful for a run that has lasted 10 albums, including his latest, Time Being.
The Juno Award winner is especially cognizant of the fact that, despite modest record sales, he's been able to survive in an industry notorious for its bean-counter mentality.
The only thing missing from his resumé: a hit song -- and Sexsmith it wouldn't have to be recorded by him in order to appreciate it.
After a lifetime of struggle, he'd love to receive a sizable songwriting royalty cheque.
"I just want to take care of everyone in my life," says Sexsmith, who is about to embark on a world tour that will take him to Japan, New Zealand, Australia and England over the next three months.
"As I get into my 40s, it would be nice to write a song that Faith Hill covered," he chuckles.
"There's a song on the new album called Reason For Our Love that I always thought someone like Michael Bublé could do a nice job on. And that's the sort of the thing where you could have sort of a nice nest egg if it goes, you know?"
Sexsmith admits that now that he's entering his 40s, he's getting tired of the travel and would love to spend more time with his girlfriend and two children from a previous marriage.
"I'm kind of dreading it," says Sexsmith, who will be taking the stage with guitarist Tim Bovaconti, bass player Jason Mercer and drummer Don Kerr at the Ovation Music Festival in Stratford late Sunday afternoon.
"Not the shows, the traveling. If I ever made some money, I'd love to sit at home, play piano and drink coffee and appear every now and then. That's been my dream."
But Sexsmith says his desire to avoid travel is more about safety concerns than anything else.
"I'm getting to the point of being afraid of flying," he explains. "It's getting dangerous out there."
He also admits that Time Being's topical matter also has him spooked.
"This record is a lot more moody," says Sexsmith. "Most of the songs, with a few exceptions, are about death and mortality. I lost a couple of high school buddies in the past few years and it's odd going to funerals for people that are the same age as you. That's where I got some of the tunes like Hands Of Time and And Now The Day Is Done and the general mood of the record."
At least Stratford is within driving distance.
What: Ovation Music Festival
Where: Stratford, corner of Lorne Ave. and Romeo St.
Day: Today through Sunday
Time: 4 p.m. start today
Cost: $45 per day
$108 weekend pass
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