Like most musicians and people that work with an artistic side, I tend to live in my emotions and sometimes wear them on my sleeve or at least a little close to the surface.
Its a job hazard, you could say. I wouldn't trade it for the world though. Even though I have had some severe heartache in life because of those emotions - I think the trade-off is that your highs are higher. It's kind of an "Even Steven" thing.
Anyway, I digress.
Birthdays/holidays, etc all tend to make me reflective. Usually its a good thing and lately this has been no exception. In fact, I have come to realize that I just might be living the best years of my life these days. I am quite possibly enjoying the best health I have ever been fortunate to have and I can't believe that as I am coming to close to completing another spin around the Sun that I feel better now than I have for a long, long time. I eat better. I exercise 3 to 5 times a week. I am making the best music of my entire life. I have my eyes on the prize and the payoffs have been astounding.
When I think of where I was 2 years ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago and even further - I still feel that I am living a charmed existence. To think that I came to Nashville with a simple aspiration: "hitting the reset button" after some personal trauma came to my world. My additional hope was that I would somehow be able to keep music a priority in my life. Well, within 2 years of moving to Nashville, I found myself working with great musicians, not only as a player, but as a producer, too. Then, I found myself hosting a show here in Music City, USA. Not too shabby for a guy that comes from a town of less than 20K people, with no music scene whatsoever - except for 'cover band hell'.
I never take any of this for granted. I owe the people who are in my life a debt of gratitude that I know I will never truly be able to repay other than to just be a good friend to them in return and hope that they realize how important they are in my life.
Sure - not EVERYTHING is perfect. I'm still waiting to fix that one major gap that has been there but I know, much like everything else for Even Steven, it'll all work out in the long run and patience, I have learned, is a virtue.
oh and kudos to you if you got where my blog title came from :)
and...on that note...I am outta here...