Wish you strength, courage, joy, patience, and all good things on your journey.
This has been a very full last month in New Mexico and the USA. I’m glad to have played so many gigs before I left. It was nice to see so many friends both old and new. In this time leading up to my great journey, it’s nice to play music. That always puts me at ease and feel at home no matter where I am.
I’m writing this blog from the airport in Seattle. My planned journey for these 24 hours: Albuquerque -> Seattle -> Frankfurt -> Prague. I’ll spend a couple days I. Prague visiting some friends, and then I’ll continue on to Israel (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and then Haifa).
I’m still trying to get my Albuquerque house rented out, and I have faith that will happen. Who will I meet, where will I go, what will I see, what will I do, where will play, what will I write?
I wonder how you’re doing and what you’re dealing with. I wish you all the very best on your journey. Feel free to drop a line and say hello. Take care!
This is a song I cowrote and performed with the amazing and talented Meredith Wilder.
It can be overwhelming and sometimes liberating to realize that “We’re Just Visitors”
Life has been full with lessons, playing gigs, writing songs, and planning the next year of my life.
I was feeling a bit stuck in a rut, even though I was doing many things I love. I had to come to my own rescue and shake things up. Next month I will venture out to Israel to study Hebrew and have some new life experiences and see what shows up.
Stay tunes to see how things turn out. I’m sure excited to see how it all goes.
Spring is in full swing, and that often brings about change. Though I love my life and community here, I feel a strong drive to explore someplace else for a while. In my lifetime I’ve learned to listen to the signs around me. My plan for now is to study Hebrew in Israel for two months this summer. As with anywhere I go, I will seek out musicians and musical opportunities. I would like to collaborate and write new songs in Israel in both English and Hebrew.
I had a renter lined up to rent my house, but she recently learned of a medical condition that will prevent her from being able to do that. Is this a sign for me to stay? I think it’s just an obstacle. Hopefully, by next month this will all be squared away. Also, I will go to Florida next week for an interview to see if I qualify for a certain type of visa that would allow me to work in Israel and stay there for an extended time.
In the past month I’ve also done some dating, but I have no love stories to speak of. We’ll see what the next month will bring.
This month I have been thinking about all the different sides to life and to people and ourselves. This song is called “A Little Dab of Everything.” The videos clips are from Burning Man, Australia, New Zealand, and other travels. I experimented with different loops and beats.
This is my 2018 Tiny Desk Contest submission. The title is called “Basket Case.” This song is for anyone who has ever felt like a basket case (defined as feeling useless or unable to cope). Hopefully, you can’t relate to feeling this way, but chances are, you have felt this way before at one time or another. Just know, you’re not alone, and I wish you the very best with your joys and struggles. For what it’s worth, Setherino loves you!
Do you write in a journal? Do you record your thoughts and life’s events in some way? It can be helpful to untangle the brain and then look back on. I’ve thankfully been quite busy this past month with gigs and teaching. Last month I received a message from someone who had bought my CDs for her kids some years back. She said, “You don’t know me, but you (my music) are in the car with us just about everywhere we go.” She said I probably don’t realize how many people’s lives I’m a part of everyday. That really made me smile. Anyway, she had also shared my music with her family in Flagstaff, Arizona. She asked if I would be open to coming to Arizona to play at several schools. They set it all up for me. I played a house concert on a Sunday evening, stayed the night (in a lovely Air BnB they provided) and then played music at 5 different schools on that Monday. All in all, it was a really amazing time, and I was compensated generously. It was special to meet all these people who have been listening to my music for years.
In my own journey, it’s looking like I will go to Israel to study Hebrew and see what ever else presents itself. I was feeling a bit stuck or stale, and world travel certainly wakes up the soul. By next month, I imagine things will be more confirmed one way or another. If Murphy’s Law works as it often does, I’ll likely fall in love and have a major dilemma about going. Okay, maybe not but you never know. I have been thinking a lot about my future, and if I will have a family of my own one day. I’ve always seen that for myself and hoped that would be part of my story, but I guess we just never know. Wishing you all the best on your journey.
Just when I was getting all in a funk, I was standing outside by a campfire, looking up at the moon. It’s as if I saw the other side of the coin. I was looking at the rusty worn out side of the coin. Then it’s as if it flipped over, and I saw the glorious shiny side of the coin – and my situation. That is the fact that I am incredibly free. Maybe more free than I’d like to be, but that’s just my reality. I got to thinking, what would really be exciting? The idea of living in Israel for a period of time just lit me up. I’ve always wanted to really learn Hebrew. I know the basics, but I’d like to become fluent. I would certainly also play music and learn and write Hebrew songs. I feel like I’m ready for another world adventure. So, I’ve been planting the seeds to study there and obtain a visa so I can find a teaching job there. Stay tuned to see how this story unfolds.
This is a tribute to good true friends. Take some time today to let your special friends know how much they mean to you. Remember, your adventures aren’t yet over!