I have a lot to say.

First off, I'd like to say thank you to everyone that has been so kind to my wife, myself, and my 6 week old daughter, Lennon. To be honest, I wasn't aware that people go get gifts for the parents of newborn children. It wasn't on my radar. I've learned that it's "a thing" though, and we've been the recipients of some wonderful generosity. Some friends made us food (and delivered it to us). Some friends got clothes, books, stuffed animals, blankets and more for Lennon. Some friends offered us an afternoon happy hour (our fellow parents of newborns). It's the spirit of love, kindness and generosity that has touched me so deeply. I am immensely thankful.

Second, I have been re-thinking social media. Prior to sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc., I used a message board on my website. Since the message board was part of the overall website, I think readers were a little more invested when visiting and reading those posts. Those entries had a longer shelf life. With the advent of social media, my posts/thoughts/etc. are now disposable. That is to say, I can post something, and several hours later it's gone, awash in a sea of football, politics, complaints, and pictures of food. I don't like that. I'd like my words to live a little longer. Plus, I don't want to give Mark Zuckerscam any more content to make money off of (that's probably worthy another blog post). But to my point, I aim to use social media more responsibly, to promote music related stuff, mostly. I'm going to try and save my insights/thoughts for this blog.

Which leads me to this; It's amazing (not in a good way) what social media has done to me. My thoughts have been reformatted to think in posts: "This would make a great post! That would be a funny comment! This post is going to show how much smarter I am than Trump and it will change the world and everyone will agree with me!" I don't want to think in terms of "posts." I just want to think. If I'm going to format thoughts into anything, I want to format them into songs. If not songs, then something that avoids the relative cesspool that is social media. Thus, the blog. I'm really going to make an effort to keep up with it.

With those preliminary "announcements" out of the way, welcome to my thought bubble. More to come next week.

-SA

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