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The Time I Opened for Bon Iver: On Allowing Failure to Flourish

Swinging wide the door to The Local Store in Eau Claire, Wisc., it was hard not to feel like a rock star. Not because I am one (What’s the opposite of a rock star?), but because, due to the store’s back-to-back scheduling of events, I was opening for Bon Iver.

All right, that’s not true. Probably not even a little true. What I mean to say is that a song I’d written—the only song I’ve written—was being debuted alongside a few other first-time songwriters’ attempts directly before a pre-release listening party for Bon Iver’s

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