I grew up loving that movie and Jimmy Stewart, too. I know it's hokey, but it really touches me. I am the kind of person who always looks at the glass half full, well usually more than half full. I see the bright side of everything and live my life believing that all the terrible things that happen lead to something good. There's a great Sonny Terry/Brownie McGee song that I've been singing lately, "There Will Be a Better Day." The verses talk about set-backs, "My burden's so heavy, I can hardly see. It seems like everyone's coming down on me ..." But then the hook is, "but that's alright, I don't worry anymore. There will be a better day." That pretty much sums it up. There always is a better day somewhere down the line.
And, here I am starting a new life - again. This life is really good so far. My music is doing well. I'm writing songs again and learning new ones. I'm playing with lots of people and continuing to challenge myself. I have a new love, am feeling alive again and am finally thriving. I couldn't ask for much more than this. But I'm not fooling myself into believing that this is it. I know there will be more hardships down the line. I'm just noticing how I deal with them. I just keep going with the flow, riding the tide and somehow staying afloat in these rough seas. I grew up near the ocean, so it must be in my blood. Meanwhile, I'm still working on the CD and writing my memoirs. I'll post another one here soon. Oh, and if you haven't checked out the video section lately, be sure to go watch the "Summertime" video from the Friday the 13th show.
Wow! We seem to have flown right into summer. The weather has been great, the gardens seem happy and so am I. I have quite a few gigs lined up for summer, which is always nice. My name, Deborah, means the bee. True to my name, I love to buzz around staying busy. I would like to think that I keep a nice balance between productivity and play. This past week, I practiced for two upcoming gigs, one right after the other, got a lot of bureaucratic work done for my business and managed to have down time, hanging with friends and healing old wounds. Today, I will go to a party and, hopefully, jam until late, crashing tomorrow. Busy hands are happy hands, and I guess mine are pretty happy.
I'm continuing work on the CD and am booking more gigs. Don't forget to come out to Emack & Bolio's this Friday for the first one. Brenda Fisher and I first met in the mid-80s through Rock Against Reaganomics. We were both in bands that played at the big events in the park and the fundraising events held in local bars. Brenda was in Begonia, an all-woman trio. I was in General Eclectic, an ever-changing mix of musicians. Our voices and instruments blend well together, and I'm very excited to be doing this show with her. Joining us will be "Lonesome Lewis" Benko, another music friend from those early days. Lew will be playing harmonicas and dobro. This should be a show to remember.
In addition to all of the practice, work, prepping for the CD, getting ready for the Old Songs Festival by lining up volunteers for Gate 2 and doing all of the outreach and scheduling for that, finishing up my move, and so much more, I have started a new song. I'm not sure how I find the time. I think maybe time modulates itself for me when I need it. I've been told that we have all the time in the world. I don't know if that's true, but it seems to work for me.