My friend Janee has been telling me for years that I needed to write a book, and she thought it would be a children’s book, and that I should do the drawings for it.
I am a TERRIBLE visual artist. I can’t draw. I love to doodle. I’m terrible at that too.
But last year I wrote a song that felt like I did when I was a child, and the lyrics felt like a children’s book. The song itself is about the effortlessness and fearlessness that comes with being a child in search of creation and discovering the world. Kids don’t seem to mind if they can draw or sing or not, why should we? Let’s get back to that fearlessness and curiosity.
So I did it. I put my doodles to the lyrics and made a book. It felt really good and a little scary, particularly because I’m a terrible visual artist. I left some blank pages in the back so you can doodle too. Right now it’s available on Amazon, and I’ll have a direct order through my site soon.
It’s what I do when I’m trying to figure something out. Walking (and digging in the garden) has always helped me finish a song or figure out a relationship. Sometimes I don’t figure anything out, but at least I went for a walk. And there’s usually a dog with me on the walk, so, you know, bonus!
My new song “Before the Sun Goes Down” is now live. The turnaround goes, “It’s a 12-mile-walk before the sun goes down”. It’s about being free and not knowing what to do with that, and realizing that, while you might not know where you’re going, if you’re walking you ARE at least going SOMEWHERE.
Right now I’m almost 47 years old. It’s anathema to music to tout your age as you get older (!!), but I’m eager to shift that and share with pride. Wow–I’ve been here for almost 47 years! I’ve been walking for a while. I like my stride. I have NO idea where I’m going right now. But I love my family. I love my home. I love my music. I’m walking.
Please listen to the new tune and let me know what you think. If you want to share it around, I’d appreciate that too. Walk on. xox
I don’t know why anyone thinks life should be linear. Nothing else in existence follows that rule. Is it arrogance? Or a desire to make clear sense of something? Seems to me that all things under and over the sun run cyclically: tides, bodies, stars, seasons, emotions. You get the drift.
So too with music. When I was young I thought my musical career would go like this: a few years of “paying dues”, touring, success, fame, wisdom, more success, touring, authority, and finally retiring when I didn’t have anything left to prove. It seems like the weirdest thing to me now. First of all nothing works like that, even when it looks like it does. Second of all, I thank God each and every day that my “line” didn’t go that way. I don’t think I would have had a very happy life. The way it HAS gone is a much longer post, but for now it’s imbued into 4 new songs I’m releasing into the wild. And the video below shows me explaining a bit of it too. Please watch and I’d love to hear about how things have gone with you too.