For those of you in the US, I hope your Thanksgiving celebration was heartwarming and you were able to feast with people you cherish. If you don't celebrate this holiday, or spent it alone, I hope that you are, every single day, thankful for how fortunate you truly are, and know that you're never, ever, really alone.
Loneliness can drive you into further isolation, but it can also drive you into the arms of others.
Last year, I was alone and homeless and was thankfully encouraged by my sister Katherine and mother Carol to find a shelter meal. I found a Thanksgiving at Western Carolina Rescue Ministries in Asheville, NC. My tummy was filled and my heart was warmed after feasting and trading stories with other drifting souls over a real Southern-cooking meal (can you say collard greens and sweet-potato pudding?) prepared by the most incredible volunteers. I was struck - and so thankful - that so many spend their holidays helping others.
And now, a year later, I have so much to be thankful for, most of all my family, my friends, and you, my patrons who keep me encouraged and supported on my musical journey.
I'm so thankful to be back in California. I'm thankful for my sister Amanda who pulled me out of my nomadic isolation in Georgia back in April and invited me to stay with her in central-coastal California for the summer. I was able to heal and have a home again - a place and space to gather myself and not feel desperate, destitute and alone.
I'm so thankful that I bought a surfboard while I was at Amanda's and was able to head over to the coast nearly every day.
Surfing has become a huge part of my life. I even went today! While everyone else was out Black Friday shopping I was posting up at Surfers' Point in Ventura, which my brother Paul showed me after our feast yesterday. Thankful for you Paul!
Of course I am so thankful for that family feast, provided by my mother Carol and father Jim.
I don't like the prefix "step" in front of dad or mom. Jim is my mom's third husband, and he's my dad too. In fact, he's my only living father, and I'm so thankful for his guidance and support over the years.
And I can never thank my mother enough for everything she has given me - life, love and encouragement to follow my true path - among many other things.
I'm so thankful for my mother Kathie who offered to let me stay with her after Amanda moved from her house in August. Kathie has an acre of land in Santa Ynez, CA with an incredible log barn in the back of the property. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I was thankfully able to set up my home studio in her barn after my gear had been in storage for almost a year.
It's so nice to have a place to work on and "woodshed" my music. And being back in the "family circle" again, close to Kathie, Carol, Amanda, Paul, my sister Laura and her family who all live nearby, is so great and exactly what I need right now.
Now I've got myself in trouble! I've mentioned some people I'm so thankful for, and now if I don't mention everyone, feelings might be hurt! Well, if you are reading this right now, know that I am so thankful for you!
OK, now to the meat (turkey?) of this post. The reason I'm sharing the music video for my song "Soon" this month is that I've never shared this version of the song here on Patreon before - and I'm so thankful it's is getting some traction out there!
"Soon" is receiving airplay on two radio stations so far, and landing on Spotify and Apple playlists. In fact, on one of the stations, WKW in Oklahoma, it's moved from #33 to #4 on their College Radio Alt Mix Top 40! People are listening and liking it and I can't tell you how encouraging and gratifying that is.
I wrote "Soon" over a year ago, right before my wife and I separated and I left Maine. I wrote it to express my feelings about the impending end of our marriage.
I believe it's over
All is said and done.
I can never be the one
I recorded a demo of the song last year and I posted it here on Patreon without mentioning exactly what it was about. I knew it wasn't finished but I couldn't finish it out there living in my truck. Two months go, in September, with my gear set up again in Kathie's barn, I finally did. I added electric guitar, reworked the percussion, and remixed the entire song. I also created the video you see above.
I have a feeling this song is the start of some very good things that will happen "soon." :}
So, these are the things, off the top of my head tonight, that I am thankful for. There are so many more, and as soon as I hit "send" on this message I'll think of some very important ones that I'll wish I had mentioned.
Gratitude is the antidote for depression. It's the most important thing to remember, and to share.
Tell us, what are you thankful for?