Hello there. This challenge, whew. So far so good but it might have been silly to line-up the official first release with my birthday. Feeling lots of things about getting older and having had it take so long to be myself, when I see 20 year olds seeming more themselves than I ever was (I was preoccupied with success and money and finding a career in music back then, now I’m a mostly-contented piano/songwriting teacher, accepting that my work is how I eat and pay my bills, while my “real” work in the world – no offense to my students – is releasing and sharing and creating music…the world just doesn’t pay a real yearly salary for that gift, and I’m okay with that now, though I still love to complain about it as I know there are probably millions of people like me – musicians, artists, poets, dancers, etc – who are not okay with it yet, and it’s a painful path of self-acceptance AND world-acceptance to get to a place of being okay with the fact that being a hobbiest DOESN’T MEAN you failed (wanted to change this to “doesn’t necessarily mean” and then said F*!% that, and rewrote it the original way I thought it in ALL CAPS), it means the world is a complicated commercial business adventure and most art is not practical or commercial. And THAT’S OKAY. THAT’S OKAY. I wish I could get bigger and bigger with my font to break through to you, creative artistic person reading this. IT’S OKAY. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU. YOU ARE PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL AND MAGICAL AND FULL OF FREE AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION, AND IT IS THE WORLD THAT IS NOT MAGICAL, OR LACKING IN MAGIC OR BELIEF IN YOU. People don’t know what they need so they wait for commercials or loud people or salespeople to tell them what will make them happy, and those people often don’t really care about making other people happy, they care about lining their wallets – and heck I do too, but I’ve found other ways to do it. So when I share this music with you, you can trust me when I say, something out there wants me to share this music – despite it’s complete lack of commercial appeal – and perhaps there is something in it for you. Some seed of knowing, that has been given to me, that maybe I can give to you through these songs.
But maybe not. Maybe just read some lyrics, if you don’t like my musical style but you like the way I think. It is all in there. Every seed of how I think, and how I have let go of this world, is in my albums – the last two especially (the “sloppiest” ones). Let go. Letting go is the best thing.
I love my nieces and nephews and brother and sister and parents and boyfriend and friends more than I can describe to you. They are unbelievably precious to me and if I could round them all up in one place and hug them every day, I would. I truly would. So letting go does not mean not caring. I think it somehow has allowed me to care more. I sense that this world is oversaturating all of us. There are too many problems to fix, too many paths to go down, too many ways to show we care reminding us all the ways we are not caring enough. And we are SHORT-CIRCUITING, getting by. It is overwhelming and exhausting. Also not to mention, all the disappointments, the ways we get our hopes up, the ways we try and fail and leave things and situations with a sense that we could have done more, could have done better, could have tried harder, could have been kinder, could have put ourselves aside, etc. on and on. Infinity. Ad nauseum. THERE IS NO END TO THIS. Here anyway.
Soooooo …come live on a cloud with me?
Love who you love, be who you are, say what you know, what is true for you. Give what you can, let go when you can’t. That’s all I know. Love you all so much, especially (sorry to say this, it feels mean, but it is just true for all of us I think) the ones who make me feel seen and heard and understood on the deepest of levels. I can’t imagine this life without having met you all. It has been tragically painful for me, waking up year after year and realizing I haven’t been being myself. Trauma will do that to you. But I am grateful to be here, to be always becoming, and helping others ‘become.’
Oh and it’s my birthday, so if you like me, or if you want to give me a present, please just listen to my newest album. First release of 12 over these next 12 months. The challenge came in my head because I felt overwhelmed by all the ‘content’ created in the 365 challenge, but that none of it would be listenable as albums. So the 2nd 12-month challenge was born. (I say it that way because of my favorite number, 212).
Love you all.