Yesterday this here lil' ol' blog passed 10,000 overall page views, since I started it on May 7, 2010, just a month shy of three years ago. Over 1,000 of those many views have come just in the past 30 days. People who know me well know I have a bit of an obsession with measuring things with numbers that can be...shall we say, a tad unhealthy, at times? So I wanted to mention it here, not to pump myself or the blog up, but to express my profound gratitude to each and every person responsible for every one of these views.
For some reason, it has been important to me not just to write, record, and perform songs, but to share some parts of my journey as a songwriter and musician in narrative form here. This blog, for me, is very much a part of my creative work as an artist. As such, I need to share the writing on it with others, in order for my creative process to be complete. That means I need you to read it.
So thank you, thank you, thank you, each of you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for the taking time to visit my writing here, and to read whatever has spilled out of my heart and mind, and onto this screen, through my fingers and the keys of my computer keyboard. I appreciate it so much.
I'm happy to share that I seem to be on a bit of a new songwriting kick since the open mic at the 710 Beach Club last Wednesday. It seems to have arisen naturally out of my recent experiences...becoming used to my new home here in San Diego, playing all these open mics, hearing so many different songs from so many talented people, having discussions with new friends, and reflecting on my past from my new vantage point.
The songs "Bittersweet Departure," "Pretty Blade Trickster," "Picture of Your Touch," and "New Home," which I wrote shortly before leaving the East Coast for the big move, seem to be the foundation of this new group of songs. Now it is continuing with "Fly, Baby, Fly," which I have shared here. It also includes "Throne of Gold," which came together last week, "First Step to Starlight," which I wrote this past Saturday, and now "The Road Between," which I wrote yesterday.
I've been performing "Pretty Blade Trickster," "Picture of Your Touch," and "Fly, Baby, Fly" regularly at open mics now. I'm really excited to get all the other songs in this group practiced up, so I can begin playing all of them live. Tomorrow I'll be posting the live video of me playing "First Step to Starlight" three hours after I wrote it on Saturday.
I'll be doing my weekly jaunt to the drawing at Lestat's West for their open mic tonight, which starts at 7:00PM PT. We'll see if I get picked to play three Monday nights in a row. I'll also be going to play the open mic at Rebecca's Tuesday night, which starts at 7:00PM PT, and the one at the 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach, which starts at 9:00PM PT.
Again, thank you so much for visiting and reading. I truly, truly appreciate it with all my heart.