This is long overdue. With the funding campaign for the new album I almost forgot to tell you a huge portion of what sparked the whole idea. Here is what I was doing over the past month or so…
May 2nd I got on a plane bound for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After catching a connection flight in Atlanta, GA a few songwriting buddies and myself rented a car and began the short three hour drive to the southernmost point of the continental United States. Key West is a crazy place in itself, but for this week in May an annual Songwriter’s Festival takes place which includes some of the biggest writers in the music industry. That being said, it was a crazy few days of music, sun, and pina colada’s. I was fortunate enough to meet some great musicians and play a little myself at the ASCAP late night jam and at The Bull bar on ironically named Duvall St. It was a networking trip of a lifetime as well as a really fun experience.
I left Key West at midnight on Saturday the 5th and headed back to Ft. Lauderdale where we caught a 6am flight back to Nashville, stopping in Atlanta once again to change planes and grab some food before flying to Nashville. I spent a week in Nashville writing and getting ready to get on another plane back to Seattle.
On May 15th I arrived at Sea-Tac greeted by my Mom and sister Melanie who had been patiently waiting at the Frontier Airlines baggage claim. It was good to be home. We made the forty minute drive back to North Bend and on that drive I saw my life through new eyes. I had only been away for four months, but it felt like a lot longer. The air was fresh and my mind was clear. Being home for the first time after traveling and living a good distance away for a short amount of time had its way of teaching me how short life really is. Within an hour of soaking up that feeling I had a sense of comfort with where I am at in my life.
The next day I had an amazing breakfast with my girlfriend Brittany’s Dad, Charlie. We talked about everything from food to what it means to be a man and then I road with him to Microsoft in Redmond where he gave me the keys to Brit’s new car. A 2012 Mazda 3 would be what I lived out of for the next week.
During the four days I was home I made a lot of stops. I saw friend’s and family in bittersweet visits that never seemed long enough. I didn’t have time to see everyone, which always makes me feel a little bit guilty, but the most potentially emotional stop was the storage unit in Issaquah, Wa. I was instructed to grab a certain white bookshelf that would look great in our living room in Nashville, and I am sure it will someday. I won’t know until I get back to Washington to grab the three missing pieces and a bag full of screws that I didn’t realize I had forgotten =)
On Sunday the 20th I played a show at The Crocodile Cafe in Seattle which wrapped up an amazing homecoming experience. There were a little over 250 people there which is an honor for a Sunday in Seattle. The room was full of friends and I wish I could convey in words how good that felt. It was exactly what I needed, and I am forever grateful for the people that came.
The next morning my sister and I got in the Mazda and began the trek to Nashville. It was a first for me since I had shipped my car and flown when I made the move in January, and I will tell you that if you haven’t made a “cross-country” road trip you have to do it at one point in your life. It was difficult at times because it’s not easy being in the car for 13+ hours a day, but it was well worth it. We saw a whole lot of country in a short three days.
At 3am May 24th we arrived just in time for Melanie’s 20th birthday. That night I got to show my little sis’ around town briefly and then she flew back on the 25th.
All in all, May was one of the busiest months I have ever had and it proved to be an inspiration both personally and musically. I saw a lot in those few weeks from adventure’s to new places to being home again, and from a road trip that gave me time to process what it is I am trying to do out here in Nashville. This realization was is huge reason I have been working so hard to record new music. Not just because I want to, but because I need to. I have to express what I have learned in the last five months. I have to tell my story again to remind myself of who I am and in some way I believe that by doing so I will help other people believe their own story is worth telling.
Thank you for reading this blog and for keeping tabs on me. I hope that you will continue to walk with me in this American Story. Please click the video below that further describes what I am doing with my music in Nashville.