Thank God for the songwriting, otherwise this has been a rather thin year for encouragement. About thirty songs this year with about eight of them worthy enough to be heard – the rest are just soul food for me. C R Burgan has kept me going with gigs and open mic’s and a generous heart – it’s good to have friends like that.
2018 is my seventieth trip around the big yellow star – and the number does get a bit daunting. I have a recording project in the works for next year, my second CD. I had no idea where I was going to record it and then Stephen Bigger stepped in and shined a light. I feel strongly that this will be a good collaboration as he and I are both centered on the most important element on a CD – the song. I may need a little financial help on this one, hopefully some of you will be receptive.
The cover band I play in, the B Movie Kings finished out the year with two gigs just before Christmas. Does it get tiring to play the same songs over and over? Well, it would if that was what I did. I always put a little different spin on tunes and some of the classics are just fun to play.
My trip to Austin, Texas was a little tough – most of the folk who attended are gigging and me not so much, so oftentimes I was playing in rooms with only the moderator present – long way to travel to play in another living room (I hope you’re laughing). I did get a chance to play at Threadgills and that was memorable. All the attendees were kind and supportive but rather busy with their own careers. Totally understandable. I’d like to try this coming year to play out a lot more.
I auditioned for a ladies singing trio as a guitarist and I made the cut so I have another opportunity to perform – YAY! Their harmonies are tight and they are nice people – win/win!
I hope for you and yours, this past year has been a happy one. More days dancing than worrying, more time laughing than crying, more moments full of love and peace than emptiness. May the coming year be a year of good surprises, new friends/lovers and many oh-my-god epiphanies. Every day is a gift, please unwrap them carefully and remember to be grateful for every kindness received, it’s easy.
From my Christian tradition to yours – a blessed, peaceful, joyful Christmas and an interesting but not too disturbing New Year –