Starting a New Thing

I can’t think of a better day on which to begin a new endeavor. It’s just a blog, nothing important, just another guy on the internet posting thoughts, opinions, reflections and experiences. I’m listening to the radio this morning and people around the world are calling in to talk about the election of Barack Obama. American expats are the most moving voices. People who’ve been living with an unspoken shame as they went about their daily lives abroad have now had a weight lifted and are reduced to tears, swelling with pride in their country. It’s an inspired moment. I feel it. Barack Obama is no messiah or superhero. At the end of the day he's a politician, but somehow he has become a focal point for the hopes and ideals of a majority of Americans and of billions of people all over the world. The US of A faces a ton of problems these days and has a damaged reputation to repair. At least now it feels like it's possible to overcome them. There's a light at the end of the tunnel. I think it's possible we'll see some kind of new American Renaissance in the years ahead. To say that is way more optimistic than I normally dare to be, but I think we're going to see an explosion of activity on the arts, education, science, politics and even local & small business. It feels crazy to say that…and maybe it is. Maybe I'm just feeling a little too high on history at the moment, I don't know. Whether Obama himself is an engine behind these changes or whether he's just the right figurehead at the right time, this is the kind of thing that happens when humans are inspired. I’ve been kind of reclusive in my music activities lately. Since I moved to the Los Angeles area a few years ago, I’ve hardly played any gigs at all. My last gig was a year ago at Rockwood Music Hall in New York. I recently finished a new album of 10 songs and I’m working on the cover art now and trying to get it to the point that I can release it, promote it, play shows again. I’m just looking forward to just getting out and being active again. Now feels like a really good time. As far as this blog is concerned (which I intend to post simultaneously on and on, I imagine I’ll be posting mostly on the subjects of music & culture. That’s a pretty broad range, but I’ve got a few pet obsessions and interests that might make for fun reading and commenting. We’ll see.

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