Logan Grant had a lot of time to think about his life as several tons of snow packed around him. During the half-hour he was buried alive, he decided to dedicate his life to music.

Now performing as a one-man band, Grant — stage name A Tune - is touring the west coast with his blues-soul vibes, including two stops in Seattle. A Tune will perform on Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. at Frelard’s The Substation and Oct. 22 at Tim’s Tavern near Greenwood ay 8 p.m.

But five years before bringing his stylings back to his home territory, Grant was fighting for his life.

He was backcountry snowboarding with friends in the spring of 2012 near Mt. Baker when the Bellingham native ran into some trouble.

“Where we were skiing opened up into a bowl. There’s a 20-foot drop into some powder and I’m the last one down,” he said. “We don’t know it, but we are crossing a ‘schrund.”

A Bergschrund, often shortened to “schrund,” is a crevasse formed on glaciers when the snow separates from the rock face behind, either because of its own weight or the heat of the rock.

“We’re on dense snow, and then we cross a 15-foot crevasse barely covered in snow,” Grant said. “I ride over it and the snow gave out. I fell down, flipped upside down and the snow packed around me. It was like being packed with cement.”

As he fell, feet restrained by the board, he struggled to create air space for himself.

“It happened quickly and it kept getting worse,” Grant said. “I was in shock. Then reality started to sink in and I began screaming, because I wasn’t sure if my friends had seen me fall. But then I realized I was burning up my oxygen.”

He said he became aware that he might die, and that he was acutely noticing the change of the gasses he was breathing in.

“I shook my head to try to make an air pocket, but the air was starting to get really thin,” he said. “I was hanging there suspended and I started to get really relaxed about it. But then I heard another voice in my head say “fuck you, you’re surviving this.” And I kept fighting.”

Grant has a son, and thought about him while continuing to struggle. Hypothermia was setting in when his friends finally got near. They had seen him fall and were digging sideways into waist-deep snow to unearth him. Grant had begun to black out when he saw daylight again.

He had been buried for 30 minutes.

“After 15 minutes under snow, your chance of survival drops to 20 percent,” Grant said. “I had put music on the back burner while I worked. After the accident it just became so clear to me I needed to make it my focus.”

Grant had been working in the medical marijuana field, but he quit his job, packed up an RV and headed to Los Angeles to start making music.

As A Tune, Grant plays drums, keyboard and guitar all with vocal accompaniment. 

“I played in bands for a long time,” he said. “And three years ago I just got tired of waiting for other people’s schedules to match mine. It’s just logistically so much more flexible for me.”

On his “Branch Out” Tour, he will visit the San Francisco Bay, Mt. Shasta, California, Medford, Bend and Portland, Oregon, Tacoma, Olympia, Boise, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah before heading home to L.A.

Despite his near-death experience, he still finds time to snowboard.

“Growing up in Bellingham, you’re either a snowboard hippy lovechild or you’re a logger,” Grant said.