March 31, 2018
My take-away from this experience is that life has at least two components, journey and destination.
In my youth and during my years in Nashville, I was driven by an unquenchable thirst for destination. I failed to enjoy the journey back then, and to be honest, throughout midlife and beyond, I did the same thing to a lesser degree up until the cancer diagnosis.
It was during those treatment months that I began to realize that life is richer when one can stop and smell the flowers, or in my case, stop and smell the music. I’m allergic to most flowers.
So, what’s next for me is a journey; one that I am thoroughly enjoying, no matter how long it may last.
The first stop on my journey was to complete a new album titled I Sure Do Miss My Hair, which I have done. I plan to release it for airplay and promotion later this month. It was a challenging experience.
First, obviously, was my illness. With a drop in energy, I had to work in short bursts and took lots of naps.
Second, I had major equipment failures in the studio including critical mixing and monitoring units. But, I kept saying, “Grasshopper, life is about the journey not the destination.”
I believe that we can have a desired outcome (destination) only if we have a pleasant journey.
Now that the album is completed, I will move on to my next stop on my journey, which is to change the nature of my public performances. I plan to collaborate with a few nonprofit organizations to perform in events that raise awareness and funds to help them enjoy their journeys and have positive outcomes.
Creatively, I have begun developing a scalable musical that celebrates the courage and accomplishments of women. The lead character is a woman who, in spite of a colorful past, effectively saves a small West Texas town from collapse in the late 1800s.
This should be interesting; I’ve never done this kind of thing before. But, it makes the journey more enjoyable.