Go with your gut. The rest are details.
And so, London singer-songwriter Liz Coyles has accepted Alan Frew’s invitation to perform for Canadian troops in Afghanistan.
“Completely blown away,” Coyles said about being approached by the Glass Tiger frontman in Toronto last week about the trip. “When he said it was a different kind of opportunity, that’s not what I was expecting. But my gut instantly was like – you have to do this. I didn’t even think twice about it.
“My whole team around me was like, ‘OK, let’s think about this. Let’s not answer instantly. Let’s get some details.’ Probably the more rational side of the team.”
Frew made the offer after a Coyles’ performance at the Royal York hotel during Canadian Music Week. Coyles, 24, spent a Saturday night Googling info on the trip and decided her initial instincts were the way to go.
The official itinerary has yet to be worked out, but she’s in.
“I was just saying a couple of weeks ago, it’s really sad to me because on any given day, I don’t think about the fact that so much is going on in Afghanistan: There’s a war over there,” said Coyles, whose first single Butterflies hit No. 21 in Canada last week. “I just go about my everyday life, not even thinking about it. …
“Now, it’s like this opportunity has been given to me to be able to go see what they do on any given day, and what they do for us, you know?
“I think it will be extremely rewarding. I think I’m going to learn so much and take so much away from all of it.”