This journey is real. This journey is my life. For a long time, it felt like I was putting in work – years of work – with the hope that, someday, the work would pay off and things would come back to me. There’s no guarantee when you put something out – energy, resources, time – that any of it will come back to you. And I’ve had to learn the hard way that you can’t do anything based on expectation. It has to be based on hope. And love. The journey has to be enjoyable, or else what have you got?
I’m learning to enjoy the journey. I’m rediscovering the joy that comes with making music. Much of this was sparked by an auspiciously titled project I recently finished. More on that later, but this project was really the beginning of my journey towards rediscovering my original love of music. Rediscovering the joy. And the first song of the collection is out now
I’m writing a lot more lately, and this was another thing I identified as needing to do in order to reconnect to the creative part of myself. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s possible to be a musician and not even spend that much time making music. There are so many other components involved in making music into a career that the music, itself, the original spark of passion, can get buried. Luckily, when a spark gets buried, it’s not gone. It can be rekindled with a little shifting of the embers.
All of this is to say that, while I’ve been rediscovering my love of music and art, things have been happening the whole time. Significant and exciting things. One of the exciting things is that we will begin recording our sophomore studio album in 17 short days. I can hardly even wait. And there’s more. A lot more. On the inside and out. The time and work and energy that I’ve been putting into this journey, like coins into a piggy bank, are coming back to me with interest. Ironic that now that I’m focusing on the inward manifestations of progress a bit more, the outward manifestations are free to move forward.
I can’t say everything that’s happening but I’ll just say this: things are happening. And I’m so here for it. Every step.