No Idea What I’m Doing

It’s been a little while since I’ve written. I know that. Life tends to get in the way of a lot of things that I would like to do these days, but that’s in no way complaining on my part. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of being back-and-forth to Europe, spending some time with people I love, and doing some creating. I have maybe not, as a result, had as much time to play music or get out in front of crowds as I might like, but there are trade-offs that have to happen. I recognize that.

Also, ow. (More on that in a min)

I often wonder if I’m falling off of plan with regards to my music goals – but it just takes a moment or two of reflection and thinking about the other things that bring my life color and richness to recognize that that’s probably not a useful way of asking the question. I set a course for things that are important, including writing and playing music, and if I get a little distracted along the way, then taking a look at the piece of paper on my desk that lists out the songs that I am in the middle of, or going out to see friends of mine play live music and recognize that that’s still something that brings me a lot of joy – these are the things that remind me to put attention and energy back in that direction.

As I say all of this, I currently have eight songs completely recorded, mixed, and ready for mastering. I also have another four still in the writing process that I’d like to get done before releasing the next album. Terence has always been incredibly patient and a great creative partner. I am also strongly considering taking several of the next few songs and recording them in a more collaborative fashion with a live drummer and a couple of other musicians to try to make more of this sound.

For the moment, however, I do have another small obstacle to navigate. It appears that I have injured the middle finger of my left hand, and this may or may not be exacerbated by the onset of some arthritis. Such is the life of a middle-aged musician).

First indications were that this was a strain. Instead, I have found out that this is in fact a tear of the sagittal band of tissue that holds the tendon in place. I have a splint (looks like a sweatband, but I assure you it’s hard plastic) for the next six weeks and – while I won’t be able to play guitar or perform during that time – I’m hoping this will help me avoid surgery and get me back onstage soon.

Writing and performing music is much too important to me to let this sideline me!

I have just a couple of bits of news for right now. First, (health permitting) I plan to play at Newton Porchfest on June 3. There is also a possibility that I may play at the Medford Porchfest on the same day, as one of my high school friends is making her driveway available for the event. It would be my first attempt to do two shows in the same day.

Also, like I said, I have a lot of new recorded music that I’m just looking for the right opportunity to release. I promise I will keep you up-to-date, and maybe tease a few things along the way.

Please stay tuned….

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  1. Sorry to hear about your hand! Surgery on my fretting hand’s thumb after a car accident a few years ago really was a moment of deep reflection for me. The surgeon said it was like putting a watch back together. I owe so much to him.

  2. Hey, Chris. I had a feeling this might be a more serious injury when it hadn’t healed up after a few days. Don’t rush things now! Several years ago my right thumb started spasming so badly that I couldn’t fingerpick or hold a flatpick. I saw a hand surgeon who specializes in musicians, who took x-rays and said it looked like osteoporosis and might resolve itself without surgery if I did exactly what he said, which meant wearing a hand brace (different configuration) for several weeks and then several more weeks of PT. I did what he told me, and healed up. I also invested in a smaller-bodied guitar, which is much easier to fingerpick than a dreadnought (I still use the D-18 for flatpicking). I’ve also learned how to play with a lighter touch, which is better musically anyway. So far, so good. Don’t be discouraged. Btw, I can’t fill in for you this Friday, but after that I probably can unless you’ve made other arrangements.

    1. Thanks John. I’m going to see what happens over the next few weeks. Splint is limiting the movement, so that’s good. Thank you as well for the offer for the Friday spots – I already reached out to Mary Ann and she’ll be filling in for at least the next few. Glad that you have had a positive outcome from your right thumb. Am hopeful I’ll do similarly – Just a matter of time.

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