Well, the CD is coming along nicely. Most of the memoirs are written, the cover art is conceptualized, musicians are lined up for adding tracks and the next recording date is set. All in all, things are coming together nicely. The "memoir for each song" concept is evolving into a very exciting project. I have to admit, I love writing my stories. What I did not expect is the flood of details coming up as I write, causing me to remember more and more. And, the more I write, the more ideas I get about stories and the more I write. It's keeping me very busy. Just when I feel stuck for a memoir to go along with one of the songs, something inspires me and, before I know it, it's done. The biggest problem I've run up against is not having enough time. However, I've been spending time with a friend at his house in Petersburgh. It's quiet and peaceful on a dead end road, out in the country. We can each work on our own projects and not get in each other's way.
Now for a few news items. "New Age Guy" is posted on my Deb Cavanaugh Facebook band page. You can listen to it there for a little preview. It's just the raw tracks and is only me. There will be more tracks added for the CD. I'm continuing to play lots of music, jamming with friends, going to Open Mikes and practice, practice, practice. There are a few gigs coming up in June, so be sure to check the calendar as well. I will be going to Oregon to visit old friends I knew from my days out there and going to the Oregon Country Fair with my long-time friend. This is our way of celebrating the 40th anniversary of our friendship. I am ever grateful to the many friends who have helped me get through an incredibly difficult few years and helped me jump, with both feet, into my new life. So far, it is pretty spectacular. So, stay tuned for more of this wild ride.
What a huge difference there has been for me in living by myself. I have no one else to worry about and no children to care for. I can eat when I want, sleep when I want, do whatever and go wherever I want whenever I want to go. I have a great housemate, but he's not my partner, so I feel free and easy. I have actively raised children for 38 years and have had two twenty-year relationships. I sometimes find myself at loose ends, wondering what to do. But when in doubt, I grab an instrument or my journal. I have a wonderful new friend who is supportive and encouraging and lots of old friends who have been there for me through thick and thin. I am truly blessed in this life and very grateful.
As a result, I'm finding myself more productive than I thought possible. And yet, I still manage to have fun, going out to shows, jamming, visiting with friends, enjoying all the good things in life. I'll be jamming/practicing tomorrow and Wednesday, getting ready for some upcoming gigs. Check the calendar, and don't miss the first one on June 13th. Then, this weekend will be packed full of events. I'll be at the Gotta Get Gone festival on Saturday, then music parties both Sunday and Monday. To top it all off, I sing and dance with children and their grownups five days a week. I don't think life could get much better than this. I'll keep you posted...
Ugh! I forgot how grueling moving can be, and this one was smooth and relatively easy. I spent the last two months purging, sorting and packing. I moved with an empty desk and file cabinet so that I could start fresh. All of that feels wonderful, but here I am, surrounded by boxes and chaos, allergies raging, and I just want to cry. I should be excited about this new beginning, and mostly I am. I've been pushing myself for months now, trying to stay organized and productive, and now I need to crash for a little while, but I can't crash, yet. I know I'll get things settled eventually and should probably be patient and kind to myself, but I am a go-getter and like to have everything in place. The CD has been on hold during this move and is calling out to me. My work is demanding, and I'm tired.
However, I have used my writing desk, that stands by a sunny window, morning and night, my computer is hooked up, most of my books are shelved, and I am enjoying my cozy room. I'm living with a wonderful friend who is a worker and is cooperative, gentle and kind. I look forward to gardening in this big wonderful yard where the peas and greens are already coming up and flowers smile at me as I go up the front steps. I will bathe in the love of my wonderful friends who have helped me through this tough time and supported me in moving away and forward. I will learn to be patient with myself, and all will be well.