Wow! It really has been. I got pregnant with my first child at age 21 and have raised children consistently for the last 40 years. I've been pretty immersed in their lives, raising them, supporting them, helping them out whenever they needed a hand. In August, my son and his family moved 7 hours away, taking my grandchildren with him. I had raised my granddaughter for 9 years and now see her rarely. My youngest just left today for the mid-west them driving a truck, who knows where. My eldest is moving to South Carolina in a few months, leaving me with only my 21 year old grandson local. My head is spinning. This all happened so suddenly accenting all of the incredible and radical changes that have already been occurring in my life. I'm on vacation for the next week, then working only part-time for the next month, and I think I need the time to process everything.
The CD release was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to lots more great gigs like that one. The venue was perfect and I had an amazing group of musicians backing me up. A video put together from the show will be up soon, so stay tuned ... Meanwhile, I'm working on another new song and continue to write memoirs. :-)
I have so much to be looking forward to lately. Caffe Lena is coming right up, and I've just lined up a spot on the open mike series on WJFF Radio Catskill 90.5 fm. It's an hour-long show split between two acts. Check out the website: http://www.wjffradio.org.
I've also been keeping myself busy getting ready for the CD release with arranging, rehearsing, promoting and lots of juggling. It promises to be a great show! I recently decided to do an acoustic dulcimer version of "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith. I was going over it with Brenda Fisher today, and it's coming right along. Now ... what story does that song inspire? ... hmmm.
That's right, it's coming right up, in less than two weeks. Come to Caffe Lena on Sunday, November 16th @ 7 pm.
It's been a nine month journey putting this CD out. It reminds me of birthing a baby. Now it's time to have the christening. I have been lucky enough to find three great musicians to join me for this special show: Brenda Fisher, Kevin Smith and Mike Nass. Tickets are on sale and are already selling. Be sure to get yours soon. The CD is being very well received and is getting airplay locally.
In addition to the CD journey, my life has completely changed in these last nine months, too. I'm finding myself without children in my home for the first time in 40 years. People have asked me if I miss it. Without hesitation, I always reply "no." I can sleep when I want and eat when I want. I can read or practice. I can write whenever inspiration hits. What is there to miss? I also work with children and get more than my share of hugs during the week. Do I miss my grandchildren? Yes, I do. But, now I get to be their grandmother and will see them soon. I feel liberated, and it's about time.
At the end of my second 20-year relationship, I am now in another one. This time, I am not with another musician, but I am with someone in the music field who has been invaluable in getting this CD finished and out. He helped produce and master it, and recorded three of the songs and all of the memoirs. His advice has kept me on track without him being pushy and without me feeling overwhelmed. Our meeting was very serendipitous and timely.
I'm still reeling from all of the changes and the wondrous things that have occurred lately, but I'll take it all in stride, just like everything else that's come my way over the years. Thankfully, this time it all seems to be positive. I just hope I can ride this wave for a while.
Please support your local musicians! We can't survive without you.