One a day
I’m really trying to make an effort to post a new blog every day…haven’t succeeded yet, but I’ll get there. I think it’s funny when people tell me they are amazed I get so much shit done…but there’s a lot that falls through the cracks sometimes too. Barely remembered to get my sticker order in by the deadline. Still trying to get t-shirts…but it will all come together, it always does. 🙂
Been listening to Tapping The Vein again…
Life in general is pretty interesting…got to see a dear friend who I see maybe once every 2-3 years. Which lead to hanging with some interesting folks for a couple hours. Got to listen to old men and their stories, which included some first hand Jimi Hendrix memories among other tid bits of interesting things. I do a lot more listening and watching than I used to.
Seeing the differences between people who have been in the business for 50 years vs. 20 years, vs. 5 years, vs. the really green kids always fascinates me. One thing I’ve learned is that the ones who get ahead are the ones who never live in the illusion that they know it all. There’s so many other factors in addition to that, but it’s nice to see when folks whose music I’ve enjoyed for years or grown up listening to are still pretty level headed and down to earth. That’s important. It’s easy to get a big head, and you really can’t. Wonderful opportunities are everywhere.
My favorite quote of the evening, “so I really care because it’s important to me, and want to contribute the best I can…but really what can I do? Well I write a song, and hope it reaches people.”
I’ve really been trying to surround myself with more people who inspire and challenge me. The movers and the shakers of the world, people who get shit done and don’t take no for an answer. These are the people in life who get results. I’ve met quite a few people like this recently in varying degrees. My favorite was when I did the Punk Rock Swap Meet at the 2 Bit a couple weekends ago. His name is Graham, and he voluntarily runs Stone Soup Group in Ballard (he formerly ran it as Food Not Bombs). It is a pure labor of love. They feed folks awesome tasty meals and serve it under the Ballard bridge every Sunday, feeding the homeless and anyone else who comes out. When they are done, if they have anything left over, it’s brought the to 2 Bit where they serve the remainder to the patrons of the bar. Not only is the food up to par with a 4 star meal as far as flavor goes, meeting Graham warms your heart. His kindness and passion radiates like the brightest of lights, and you can’t help but want to hug him after he shares with you a quick in depth of his mission and what he’s about. The world really needs more people like this. I would describe more, but really, you’d have to meet him to understand. That man truly has a calling, and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
There is nothing more inspiring that being around people who give it their all down to the very last drop. It charges me, energizes me, revives me.
Speaking of reviving, I really need to sleep…I keep almost dozing off on the keyboard, and tomorrow is another day. Everything gets busier as the days progress, but it’s worth it. 🙂 I love my life, I love how busy things are getting, and I love that tour season is less than a month away. I was born for this life, and even though I feel very unprepared (as always), I’m very much looking forward to driving through all the curves that lie ahead and smashing through any walls that get in my way. 🙂 ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!