Jesus H. Christ, 2012 is finally here.
Did you ever think we’d get here? I sure didn’t. It feels weird… well, let me clarify, I have two diametrically opposed feelings about it.
1. 2011 kinda sucked, so 2012 couldn’t get here fast enough. What a rough year. Between my breakup, moving back to the west coast, and all the other crazyness that has ensued, it had to be one of the hardest years I’ve had in a while. Good riddance.
2. 2012 is that dreaded year everyone’s been talking about for ages now. My entire life I’ve had the perpetual feeling that I’m running out of time, and 2012 is the year where it’s supposed to come to an end for all of us. I know, it’s probably just silly superstition, but still. Fuck it, we’re all gonna die at some point and if this is the year then ce’est la ve. I guess my biggest concern is that I haven’t accomplished everything I’ve always wanted to, but do we ever?
Regardless, here I am now in Washington D.C. (actually in Vienna, VA – not far from D.C.) with my friend Kevin 131 (also my partner in White Line Allstars – click HERE to hear the kind of stuff we make). Kevin is one of my music production partners and has also been one of my best friends for almost 20 years now. He flew down to San Francisco to hang out with me for new years eve. I had such an amazing time that night. I played a packed gig at Kelly’s Mission Rock for Opulent Temple (I went on at the crack of midnight – click HERE to listen to my set from that night). Later that morning we went to couple of different house parties and didn’t end up sleeping until we got on our flight back to D.C over 24 hours later. Madness.
Prior to San Francisco, I was in San Diego for a couple of weeks visiting my family for the holidays. It was so nice to be there. I stayed for 2 weeks, went on 2 hour walks everyday, studied my Italian, wrote my book, worked on music and read. A really nice reset from the weeks prior.
Speaking of my book, I’ve been making tremendous progress on it. I’ve already written about 10 pages and am finding that I’m not too bad of a writer. I’ve even interviewed a few members of my family in order to document the family portion more accurately. To be honest, I’ve been more inspired to write the book than I have been to write music lately. There’s a part of me that has felt disconnected from music these days. I think it’s because I feel as if there are too many people making music now for anyone to really care anymore. I hope that with enough time, that will change. I really do love music, but I can’t seem to find the inspiration to make it if it’s not benefiting me in some way.
Anyway, next on the agenda is NYC. I leave here on the 16th and will be there for a couple of weeks before leaving for Italy. I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. I hope I find what I’m looking for.