“Success is gratitude.”
Another gem from Livingston Taylor’s book. Think about that. Successful people are thankful. There is so much power in that idea. They say if you take time every day and make a list of what you’re thankful for, it’ll transform your life. I believe that. Not that I’ve been making lists. But I do pray sometimes. And beyond praying for others, I always try to speak a silent “thank-You” for what I have.
Spent Christmas Eve and Christmas with Jess’ family. A feast of food and gifts and conversation and family love around an old table in an old house in an old town in Massachusetts. Warm lights and the smell of a huge pot roast with delicious vegetables and fresh baked bread. Endless desserts. Wine. Little barking dogs.
And now I’m back home in my big cluttered room in a cold house in Lawrence, the space heater humming and the old radiators whistling, trying their best. I just watched a documentary about Jean-Michel Basquiat on Netflix. The other night I stayed up until 5am to watch a fascinating show about plant-life (no bullshit). Skate videos have been in heavy rotation, political articles, a full-length documentary about Christian Hosoi, an inspiring little interview clip of Kelly Oxford, Thrasher Magazine, a great article about sleep cycles, recipes for cilantro-honey-lime marinade. And I’ve been reading Josh Ritter’s novel “Bright’s Passage.” It’s great.
I’m soaking stuff in. The guitar feels good when I pick it up, I’ve practiced a little too. I haven’t really been writing, except for this blog. Mostly I’m just taking in. And semi-stressing about the New Year’s shows. They will be great but we have to make them great. We need new things to happen, new covers, new collaborations. I always stress about this stuff heading in but that’s just part of the process I guess. Can’t wait to snowboard.
This brain dump has been brought to you by a few needed days without shows. I’m not sure where I’m going with all of this, why I feel the need to share. But I do. I’m floating in the cosmos, keeping the feelers out for whatever passes by. I’m looking for a little clarity, a little direction right now.
And I am thankful that you’re listening.