ya - it's been a while.
i'm going to try to write more often. we shall see how long that lasts. my dad keeps bugging me to blog more. (ya - my dad uses the word "blog." and my mom has a myspace. what's this world coming to?)
but anyway - i think i last wrote in september. not much has happened since then.
don't feel much like recapping, so here's what's happening these days:
i'm recording my first official album which will be released by island records this spring. first in the UK, then europe and then the US. it's all moving very quickly (haha - after years and years of work) and i don't think i could be more excited. 7 months ago i was filling out applications at local restaurants, faced with the sad realization that things were taking too long and i was broke and in debt. and then.....everything changed. and here we are.
if you're reading this you probably already know about the video for "say it's possible" and all the other stuff that has happened recently. especially since i think the only person who reads this is my dad.
(hi pops! i had a salad for dinner and have been going to the gym regularly. don't worry, i feel healthy and i'm taking good care of myself.)
so....moving to london next month. everything is changing - i'm getting rid of my LA apartment, getting out of my car lease, bringing my dog to mom and dad's, putting all my stuff in storage, leasing an apartment in london....and that's only the beginning.
thinking about the changes which will occur in the very near future is overwhelming. in a good way, but still a lot to think about. touring, for one, will be greatly improved...i'll most likely tour solo for a while, but instead of driving myself around in my car for 6 weeks i will have a tour manager to deal with everything. i cannot imagine the relief i'll feel when i finally know what it's like to only worry about the music and various interviews, album signings, etc - i can't imagine not having to drive myself around and load my equipment in and out of the venue, sell my merchandise, get back in my car after the show and try to find a hotel room at 3am. i can't imagine a professional taking care of all of this for me. what freedom. to many artists i guess this is expected - i am lucky to have had the experience of doing everything for myself. i take nothing for granted and am grateful for every seemingly small detail. every item lifted by someone other than me.....
i am so excited to bring my music to people around the world. in person this time, not just online! i daydream about traveling to countries around the globe, where i can't understand a single word and it doesn't even matter. getting up at 4am to make a flight to a place i've never been, sleeping on the plane, being slightly grumpy since it is, afterall, 4am....trying to give decent answers to an interviewer at 6am after 4 hours of sleep the night before....singing through a slight cold i caught en route to iceland....these are the things i will soon be dealing with. and so many more that i cannot even begin to imagine. bring it on....i'm ready for this.
i still have time to answer the emails and myspace messages people send me. i'm grateful for that. don't know how long this will be true, but for now that connection to people inspires me. i'll do it for as long as i can. can't wait til i'm wiritng from the tour bus. that's still a ways off - but it will happen eventually.
recording is going splendidly. my songs are now surrounded with beautiful new music. i can't explain what that feels like - to play a song alone for so long and then to hear other people add their sounds. creating this new identity for something i thought i knew so well. it's quite a process. and at the end of the day it's 2, 3 or 4 people coming together in a room and making music. it's pure. i love it. and soon i will share this music with you.
and now maybe it's time to go to bed? i think so. one day soon i'll go to sleep and wake up in london. whoa.