So, why music now? Why, even start writing after so many years of nothing, after 25 years of teaching? Well, there wasn’t exactly nothing. I continued to play many of my songs over the years, and play for numerous productions and events, but nothing new was created. It wasn’t that the ideas weren’t there, and it wasn’t that I didn’t want to write…but it was hard to find time to focus on music while raising children, managing a household, running programs, coaching sports….dang, just listing it all sounds tiring.
At the beginning of 2018, I pulled out all of my binders of original music. It was cool to play a lot of those songs again, and reteach myself some of the songs that I hardly remembered. As I played through the songs, several things came to mind: (a) Wow, some of this music really sucks, and I probably won’t play it again, (b) Hm, that’s interesting…I could use some of this to write a new song, and (c) Damn, I still love these songs; they’re actually pretty decent. Maybe I should record some of them. After all, I always wanted to create my own album…maybe now is the time.
At the same time, I was rediscovering my own music, I was also rediscovering my spirituality, and putting balance back into my life (hence the title of my first album “Back to Balance”). It had been a long time since I focused on that, and put my spiritual growth first. For some reason, it just wasn’t a priority. I’ve made many mistakes along the way, but I never disconnected completely. Now, though, it felt right.
And there it is. My spiritual journey started to grow, and so did my music.
And as the last five months have passed, things have fallen into place, one-by-one. I’m writing new music every day, connecting with awesome people to collaborate on the album, and watching the pieces fall into place.
So the journey has just begun. I have no idea where it’s all going, but for once, I’m willing to take risks, jump in with both feet, and put my faith in something that really matters to me. And regardless of the outcome, I will never regret my decision because, for the first time, I am following my heart.