Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer's cauldron

I can't believe how fast this summer went.  Yes, there were a few too many moments of discomfort from the humidity but the time...  As irritating as it is, the cliche of "time speeds up as you get older" rings loud and true.  One minute the summer begins; one minute we're in New Orleans - now football season starts and in a week, it will officially be autumn.

Nonetheless, as quickly as this year has moved, it's been a good one, by and large.  Yes, the difficult and devastating news in February weighed heavily on me for a while, but like everything else, you just have to stop, think, try to put it in perspective and then try to go forward.  Writing, playing, getting in shape and improved health - all of this seems to be unfolding in a natural progression, which makes me happy and satisfied.

It's sometimes difficult to write properly what you're thinking and feeling without sounding forced or rehearsed and yet here, I just say what's on my mind, as sometimes simplistic as it is.  But for me, it's really all about staying centered, joyful and in the now, not in the past.  And I think that may be a huge part of how and why I feel as good as I do.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

And in the blink of an eye...

Suddenly, vacation's been and gone! Came back from New Orleans by 5 p.m. last night and it went so fast.  One moment, we're being picked up at 7:15 on Monday morning and the next thing, I'm doing the week's laundry as soon as I got home.  Ah well, easy come - easy go.  And thankfully, it WAS easy - all around.  No delays, no flight problems - everything went right and smooth and we had a fantastic and educating time.  New Orleans is a magnificent, historic and energetic city - even with its oppressive heat.  We walked everywhere (except the zoo); we ate well; we drank heartily - which neither of us ever do and most importantly, we had fun.  No work stresses, personal stresses - nothing negative.  And my self-induced psychosis over flying has dissipated, as I was absolutely fine going and coming back (even when we hit turbulence for lengthy stretches heading to Newark).  Three mornings of beignets and cafe au lait with chickory at Cafe Du Monde was a dream come true.  So happy to have been able to do it.  The hotel was relaxing and comfortable and first rate.

Now it's time to refocus my energies on the day job, tomorrow's radio show and this week's reviews (of which, I'm still ahead of the game, so to speak).  All that's left is to start hitting the gym and working on the songs again.

It's good to be home and feeling so refreshed.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Getting closer...

Vacation is a mere three weeks away; this year's destination is The Big Easy - New Orleans is calling loudly and I can't wait.  I think I first was bitten by the Nawlins bug around '87 when I would read these food and lifestyle magazines about the culinary and cultural fare that is the city's heartbeat.  Plus, my girlfriend and I were completely smitten with the South, so it was a natural thing.  28 years later and I'm on my way.  Although in thinking about it, I do remember Susan and it makes me sad.  I hope she made it there.

At the same time, all the prep work to tie up the loose ends before we go is time consuming.  The detail, the making sure that nothing is forgotten, phone calls have been made, etc. can make you need a vacation just on its own.  Thankfully, the new MacBook and iPod arrive next Tuesday, so those will be in hand and prepped before we leave.  And I've already packed the basics (the light clothing, the toiletries and the guidebooks, etc.), so all that's left to do is call the airport-to-hotel service 24 hours before we go, along with the local car service to the airport.

And those po'-boys just keep looking better and better...

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Roll on, summer

Considering the worst thing I can say right now is that my beloved New York Rangers did not get the job done and advance to the Stanley Cup finals must mean I AM living a pretty charmed life.  But I do think, as I stop for a moment to think and observe on another glorious June evening, that my life is, indeed, very good.

The days are flying by; vacation is now slightly less than two months away; I've been working on the songs and having them blossom into living pieces; I feel great physically and spending time with friends has been a welcomed and embraced element for the sake of balance and sanity.

While the world may be going to Hell all around me, it doesn't mean I will fall prey to any of the negative vibes that abound - Mercury Retrograde can fuck off as far as I'm concerned nowadays!

Thursday, May 07, 2015


May has always been my favorite month; it's that time when spring shows itself in full; when trees are in bloom, flowers and grass are at their most vibrant; the air has that certain scent...  Just glorious.  Although having said that, today is 80 degrees - not exactly "normal"...!

It seems like it's finally a case of limitless possibilities are before me again and I am thankful.  The music, which had been dormant, is now back in full flight; a dozen songs at the ready and (ha ha) I know what to do with each and how to do it.  The writing still goes as strong as ever - and I'm referring to both writing new songs and what I do for Popdose, etc.  My mind, body and spirit, collectively, has rid itself of any negatives that may have lingered for longer than necessary.

So what next?  I don't know.  I mean, I do but in the grand scheme, why think about it?  Here's the obvious - I work, I come home, I write, I go to the gym, I make music, I occasionally see friends, I enjoy live music, I'm going to New Orleans, I've re-invigorated my culinary skills...  Why over-analyze anything right now?  It's a good time; a fine time.

I think I've earned it.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Around the sun

Finally, one of those perfect spring days - the kind of Saturday that says "do what you want and enjoy every moment".  It didn't start out on that note; waking to find that United Airlines arbitrarily changed our flights to New Orleans.  Good thing that it's a few months away and I was able to make the necessary re-adjustments by contacting the hotel and airport shuttle service.  Nonetheless, the aggravation quickly subsided, to be replaced by the bliss of my morning juice, muffin and coffee.  Keeping it simple; keeping it joyful and delightful.

At the same time, having the new Taylor 12-string makes the recording process one step easier and the willingness to do acoustic solo sets a firm yes; the Washburn just needs too much work for me to attempt to go out live and make it work.  So even though we're in April, the time is still early and I have things now mapped out in my mind so that I can act upon them, rather than try to find the way since now I'm there.

Patience - clarity - rationality.  It's always what serves me best.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hope of deliverance

It looks like the winter is finally leaving, albeit more than a week after spring officially began.  And not too soon; it's been a dark, cold and very sad few months.  The rebirth and renewal that spring offers is needed sorely - certainly by me.

I'm fine, more or less.  Things are improving, progressing, ever moving in positive directions - some things not as quickly as others, but okay - patience is always required for anything truly good.  But I don't think I'm the only one who has found it challenging and trying to maintain one's sense of balance in these recent times.  Thus, with the sun shining as it did today, it makes me feel like sitting down, focusing and jotting down my thoughts, which help me remain fresh.

Now comes April - I can take a little rain.  But let there be some warmth to complement it...

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