Wow, it's hard to believe that it's New Years Eve tomorrow (and that rhymes) Been feeling a lot of anticipation for my new record the last week. Not that I've ever been pregnant, but I am beginning to think that this is how it might feel. I want these ideas that I have in my head to become real, LIKE NOW!!!, but I know that if I rush the process the "baby" (album) will look all fucked up and mucus-y. I've been stressing myself out about it, and now have a giant knot in my right shoulder that has become inflamed and hurts like a beast.
Can't decide if time moves slower or faster here. Things that happened just last week feel like they took place a month ago, yet each day can sometimes feel like a week. It's hard to remember that I'm making progress. Maybe a year-end reflection is in order...?
When I look back to January of 2013, I was just starting to get back in the groove of playing out again, after taking a few months off while starting my new full-time job as a case manager at Community Action Youth Programs. I had a very productive Fun-a-day, complete with tunes written on my new 100-year-old accordion, Diana. It was either January or February that The Woman Songwriter Collective had it's first meeting. I made a big pot of Squash soup, and Christa brought over some wine and bread. Out of everything that happened creatively for me last year, having that group of women around me was by far the most profound. We began playing shows together in Feb or March, and by August, we had already been booked at Club Passim's and The Iron Horse.
In May, after almost not making the trip, I went to Kerrville and it changed my life. I began the process of untangling my life from Western, MA and preparing for my tour down to Austin. I also started my first prolific period in a long time, and wrote about 10 new songs in 6 months, many of which will be on my new album.
I guess looking back can be helpful to provide some perspective. After all, it took me a good 25 years to prepare for my first album "Places Not on Maps." Guess I'm gonna keep breathing through 2014, and with steady patience and persistence, look forward to this new baby going through it's full term :)
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!