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.
For some of us, the holiday season is a joyous time of celebration of family and loved ones. For others, it can be a deeply challenging and lonely times. I definitely experienced both of these. Sometimes music can really help get through hard times, when it feels like we live in a “Mad World.”
This song was written by Tears For Fears (Roland Orzabal), originally out in 1982. I hope you like this song, and let yourself feel it all. Don’t get down on yourself for feeling down. Remember, Setherino loves you.
Here we are, another start to another year. I have a good feeling about this one. It’s 2018, and 18 is a very special and lucky number. In Judaism, the number 18 means “chai” which means “life.” That’s where the phrase “l’chaim” comes from when you hear people make a toast, it means “to life.”
I wish you much strength throughout this chapter. “What’s it all about?” you might ask. Well, here’s my thought on the matter. Consciously, put your time and energy into what you really believe in your heart to be important. If you can look back on a lifetime or a year or even a minute feeling truly in harmony with how you spent your time and energy, I believe you will be a happier and healthier person. Give it a try. Everyone in your life will thank you for it.
There’s so much in this world that we can’t control. Rather than focus our attention on what’s out of our hands, focus on what you can do in your own world and community and family. You are the most powerful person in your world.
Let this be a year of happiness, peace, passion, play, music, creativity, good health, person growth, connections, nature, laughter, and everything else that fills your heart and soul.
Good day to you, I wish you well in all that is happening in your life. It’s been a full month for me. I went to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving to spend time with family, wrote a few new songs, had many houseguests, experienced some love and heartbreak, taught many classes, have been both following and avoiding the news, and I am currently in a spell of very poor sleep.
December can be a challenging time for many of us with fewer hours of daylight, pressures of the holidays, remembering loved ones who’ve passed on, and just trying to stay warm. Those of my friends in the Southern Hemisphere (Chile, New Zealand, etc) I hope you’re enjoying the coming of summer. To all of you, I send you good wishes.
I want to use this blog post to let you know that you’re not alone with your struggles. Keep hanging in there, and let your friends and family be there for you. Sometimes it can really help to be there for someone else and be an open ear or lend a hand to another. Look to your creative outlets to untangle what’s happening in your mind and emotions. Find opportunities to be active and outdoors when the opportunity presents itself. And remember, Setherino loves you.