“When there’s a smile in your heart, there’s no better time to start!”
Playing Rhonda’s wedding ceremony in Kitty Hawk, NC on September 25th, will complete my 14th gig in 12 days. This has been my 2021 and I am grateful and fulfilled from having so much opportunity to work. I feel validated in my efforts to be a musician and my belief in myself when I was just starting out. All these gigs, they make me better, more experienced. But they also wear you down. Steel strings on fingernail keratin. Pressurized air through vocal folds. Heavy speakers on the spine. Human connection on the head and soul via both acceptance and rejection. Every day to find it again, the inspiration to stand on a “stage” and spread joy by being joy and amplifying the sound. I wouldn’t be able to translate it to music without practice and technique, but the happy thoughts that decorate my sound were all gifts. In this absolutely crazy world we live in and temporary LIFE we share, mine has been blessed beyond belief.
When I reflect on my life so far, well I realize, my sadness is the proof of my profound joy. And I’m so happy to have known so much beauty in so many people over the course of time.
“You’ll be in my heart, no matter what they say! You’ll be here in my heart always!”
I know Google knows everything and so that means that now everyone knows everything. So we’re all know-it-alls! Congratulations us! But we’re all still also special little snowflakes, all 8 billion of us. I hope you detected the sarcasm, but wait there’s more!
Even at 34 years of age and upwards of four years of imperfect marriage, holding my wife’s hand is a transformative experience. Seeing her face is essential to me. So much of the gratitude and hope that I have to offer up as music on a stage is because of her spirit. When I sing and move through the lyrics of now hundreds of the greatest songs that have been celebrated on a mass scale, I often experience epiphanies about how I understand what they are talking about. And that’s why I can sing.
So I want to say thank you to so many people in my life. My mom and dad, brother, sister, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, my friends throughout many different stages of life, y’all know who you are, and most importantly my wife. I am so grateful and so glad. When I sing on a stage, I sing about you!