|Performing in San Diego, May 2013|
I had moved to San Diego in December of 2012, and as far as I knew, was going to live there for a long, long time. I had a dream since I was a little kid of living in Los Angeles, and I had strongly considered moving there in 2010 and again in 2012. But after 8 years in New York City, I just wasn't in the mood to live in a big mega-city again. With that I mean absolutely nothing against New York. I fell totally in love with that wonderful place, it did only great things for me, and I still have only love for it. But as many people who live or have lived in NYC know, it can take it outta ya.
I was yearning for a city where life was a little more relaxed, a little more peaceful, where life could be managed a bit more easily. I think after all my years in New York and a year of transition back in my home territory of New England, I wanted to settle in a place where I could re-gather myself with a bit of ease.
My year in San Diego was incredible. It is an incredibly beautiful place, and I made many, many wonderful friends there. As I chronicled here, I did a stint of 30 solo open mics in 60 days, which was a ton of fun, and a time I will remember happily forever. I wrote a lot more songs, and started building the next great chapter of my life.
Blame - or credit - my good friend Shannon Michael Wamser (I call him Mike) for lighting the spark that finally got me to Los Angeles, where I had dreamed of living since I was a kid. For the entire month of August of 2013, Mike did an apartment-house swap with his L.A. pal Claire. Claire went to New York and stayed in Mike's apartment, and Mike came out west and stayed in Claire's house in L.A. I took a long weekend and went up to L.A. to hang out with Mike.
Continued in Part 2! Thanks so much for visiting and reading!