Hey there!

I should be practicing right now. But, my new memory cards for my computer finally arrived and I was eager to install them. Luckily, it solved the problem of a very slow, unusable aging MacBook, thus enabling me to catch up on some things, including a big Thank You for all the birthday wishes!

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BIRTHDAY WISHES! Y'all are very kind. The Facebook posts, the texts, the phone calls... It meant a lot on a rather dreary day up here in the Northeast. I truly appreciate it! Seriously. This ain't no lip service. I truly, wholeheartedly appreciate the "Happy Birthdays" and stuff. I love you!

As I mentioned once or twice before, my new year coincides with THE New Year. Therefore, the new year and my birthday always held a nostalgic value to me, prompting me to look back on the past year's accomplishments as well as look to the future of setting and hopefully achieving new goals. I don't suppose this year is any different. Once again I've looked back at the past year, noting what I've done, what I didn't do, what I should have done, and what I can look forward to doing. I suspect I'm not the only person that does this.

One thing that is a constant is my personal "ABC," if you will. That is, Always Be Creating. 41 years on this rotating hunk of water, carbon, and bad pizza, and I still have the desire to be creative. Maybe not just desire... More of a need... If I'm not being creative, I feel dead. I don't want to feel dead. This past year, I've whittled my creating to specifically focusing on song craft. Although I didn't write as much as I wanted to, I was very happy with the results, writing what I believe to be some of my finest work to date. But, I never want to write my best song. Thus, I will always be in pursuit of writing my best song, creating all along the way. Hopefully, that means I'll write a lot of songs. I have a lot to say. And, if by chance I start feeling creative with paint, or photography, or graphic design again, hell... I'll surely go for that too. After all, it follows suit with my philosophy of "ABC."

So before this whole "thank you" thing gets laboriously long, I'm going to end it around here. I wish you and yours the best the universe can muster. But remember, the universe only gives back what you give. So my wish for you is that you are kind, understanding, giving, and thoughtful to others, to the creatures that roam this beautiful and one-and-only earth, and to the environment. I guarantee it will be worth the effort.

Thank you, again.

Peace, love, rock & roll...