Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mr. Jones

I am truly heartbroken and still fighting back tears. The death of Davy Jones this morning has left me with, yet again, another major part of my childhood gone forever. Along with Micky, Peter and Mike, The Monkees were a key component of my youth--as a child, watching the show, listening to their records--loving them and wanting to be just like them; in my older years, as a musician being influenced by them and now in this advanced stage, a lifelong fan and someone who truly appreciated all they brought to my life, let alone the world.

Davy was always accessible, friendly and willing to entertain just at the drop of a word. He was a showman, a professional and to many who grew up with him and The Monkees, he was a friend who we all truly loved. And now we've lost our friend.

God bless you, David--thank you for all the years you gave us (and me, in particular). I love you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Family value

Having my cousin here is one of the most uplifting things I've experienced in a while. She is more of a sister than a cousin and her presence puts me at a great deal more ease than I'd been before (is that possible?). In a 48 hour period, we managed to talk a night away, have a lot of laughs and fun running arcane errands, see the majesty that is George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars and most importantly, spend a lot of time with our family, which neither of us get to do often--and with her being based in L.A., she has had so much less than I. It's been happy, joyful, warm, loving. And of course, I don't want her to leave. Such are the emotions of having someone with your bloodline that you love and respect.

That being said, after her departure, it's time to re-adjust and re-focus: gym, recording, reading more, socializing and honing in on that next position. We're only a month and a half into 2012 and I do feel this is going to be such a good year...