Hi Scot! Man, has it really been three years since Cloud Country Party Barn?
Scot wrote:1) Do you have enough socks yet?
I have enough socks to last me years, thanks! Some pretty hilarious ones too. It almost seems a shame to lose them all to the sock-orphaning laundromat here—maybe I could use some of them for an online auction for Second Harvest, or something? If I wrote a song about each pair?
Scot wrote:2) This has been another big year for you - tours, DVDs, lost notebooks,
the big move, .... How's it all look to you in retrospect? You're roughly
half-way through along your previous 11-year plan - how do you see it
proceeding at this point? Where do you want to be, professionally (and not
geographically) in say another 5 years?
The move to New York and related upheaval—all of it rather sudden—made me realize that I only make plans so that I have something to derail. And that I'm not always as good at keeping promises as I should be, to myself or others...
At this point I'd just like to write another worthwhile batch of songs, record them the way they should sound, and continue playing for people who want to hear this kind of music. It already makes me a decent living, which is incredible given that I've only been doing this for 4-5 years, so I'm not too worried on that front. This year has startled me in how many loyal listeners I have out there; we played most of the shows to full houses, with little publicity, and the recurring theme was "My friend brought us, we'd never heard of you before, but s/he said we had to come." I can't tell you how grateful I am for that. I just want to live up to my part of the bargain.
Planning for the Green Caravan tour also awakened in me a sense of responsibility, to educate myself more about the role an individual can play in social and environmental issues...I'm not sure how or whether a music career meshes with that, but I know I'm far from where I should be. For now I'm studying a bit of macroeconomics (somehow I missed that in four years of college!), reading books like The Omnivore's Dilemma
, and listening to podcasts from the Center for Social Innovation
Scot wrote:3) And the one everyone's wanting to know - when are you coming to Hawaii? :>
I'm trying! Maybe we can have the next forum get-together there? An eco-tourism trip and a tour of Scot's observatory, combined with a few house concerts or similarly informal shows? And lots of sushi?
(Mind you, I'm just throwing out ideas Ang Mo-style here...I have no idea how feasible any of this is!)