It’s been a year since I released my first EP Unlearned Lessons — and what a year it’s been. Somewhat aligned with the EP’s title is the irony of how many lessons I actually have learned since then. Most of them about being true to yourself and doing what you love in life. Cheesy? Yes. Annoyingly important? Also yes.
Post EP release I started working for Sam Ash as a writer (awesome), where I’m coming up on my first anniversary. I’ve played my songs at a bunch of open mics and met a bunch of excellent musicians. More recently, I’ve started playing in two great bands (and I’m playing bass in one, go figure).
I think that the writing, recording, and releasing of the EP set a lot in motion for me. Things that I believe will be long-term staples in my life. It was an important exercise in acknowledging what I find important, fulfilling, and worthy of my focus and effort, not to mention the realization of a major goal. Actually executing all of that opened a lot of possibilities up, in my mind and out in the world, and it put me on a path that I don’t intend to stray from.
Having gone through the events and processes of fully becoming a musician and working in the music industry, I’ve been nodding to the universe, in a way, as if to say:
“This is where I want to be and I’m proving it, so help me out.”
However that plays out, I’m cool with it, because I’m really enjoying the journey. And as far as I’m concerned, if you’re enjoying the journey, you’re already succeeding (Cheesy? yes. Annoyingly important? Also yes).
I’m still working on a follow up to Unlearned Lessons, but a lot of the material is ready to go, so it’s not too far off.
But more importantly, on the first anniversary(ish) of the EP’s release, I just wanted to send out a thanks to everyone who listened to the music or supported me in any way over the last year. It’s appreciated more than I can express.