Rob Dickson
Proof of Our Years

by Jim Di Gioia

February 27, 2017

Rob Dickson, Proof of Our Years

First and foremost, Whitehorse-based singer-songwriter Rob Dickson is a family man. He’s a husband, father, and a talented musician who rolls all the facets of his life into his art. Proof of Our Years, Dickson’s debut album, is “an ode to growth” that sprung from a two-year period in his mid-twenties where he found himself crossing the border into adulthood, taking on new responsibilities and challenges; a new job, new home, new family, new partnership, and a new sense of clarity found their way into his songs.

“Try Again” asks permission to learn from past experiences, start over, and approach life from a new perspective. It reminds me of a quote I heard this week about the word “fail” being an acronym for “First Attempt In Learning”. Accepting failure as part of life is a lesson that must be learned and internalized. Some folks never get to the point where they can accept failure as a building block for life. Dickson’s homespun folk finds a balance between starry-eyed optimism and hard-won truth. His music is shaped by wisdom and humility. Proof of Our Years is a spacious record, honest and sometimes raw, with more than enough room for Dickson’s love of music and family to sit side by side.

Jim Di Gioia

Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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