New Year, Stuff Done, Stuff to Do
A very happy 2020 to you all! 2019 was an incredible year, and I’m really looking forward to this new year ahead. In 1943 Woody Guthrie famously put together a list of things he wanted to accomplish in the year ahead. I’m gonna do something of the same here below (though a slightly shorter list).
I played 40 shows in 2019 – mostly at open mics. While most of those appearances were in Newton and Brighton here in Massachusetts, I also played live in Edmonton, Red Deer, Indianapolis, and Toronto. I also played four longer shows where I was the featured act. All steps in the right direction!
With the new year, one of my resolutions is to do more live performances in 2020 than I did in 2019. My work travel schedule may make this a little challenging, or it may make it that I am performing in more parts of the world.
First live performance of 2020 will be an open mic – look for me at Article 24 on Sunday, January 5 (and then another one on January 19) a little after 9pm. Details here.
Did get a few new songs out there in 2019, notably “In a Minor Key” and “All’s Well That Ends.”
Still, there were a lot of false starts. One of the challenges I have is that I have a lot on my plate, making it rather tough to have a clear mind to write and then to record.
For 2020, I have a few ideas:
- I have a lot of musical ideas stored up on video and sound clips (but without lyrics). I have about 100 lyrical ideas stored up either as a line or two or as complete songs (but no music). Dig into the bag of ideas and bring together some of these things into full songs.
- Take the entire Wayfinding album and release it – not as a full CD, but as singles. The first of these (and there will be two, as singles always have and forever shall have an A side and a B side) will be “In The End” and “Not That Bright.” The plan is to release these in early January – CD Baby is having a little indigestion with the audio files, but we’ll fix it.
- And of course I’ll keep bringing new tunes to open mics, to Soundcloud, and to Spotify as they ripen.
Anyone Wanna Play?
Man, I really want to be part of a band again. Have had the pleasure of jamming with a few friends again over the past few months and – while they’re not in a position to be part of a band right now – I love that energy, and so many new ideas come out of playing with other people. It just raises everything to a new level.
Do you play guitar, bass, or drums? Maybe even sing a little bit?
Wanna get together and play some of my tunes, some covers, and try out some things you’ve got on your mind?
Want to get in front of people and see what this sounds like when other people hear it, start dancing and maybe even sing along?
Please oh please let me know. Let’s make some music together!