The end of September had some setbacks. Just an hour before Jonathan Reuel and I were supposed to be set up for our CD release party I ended up in urgent care. I dropped a PA system amplifier–35 pounds concentrated on the 1/8" edge of plate steel that drove straight into my foot. Instantly a balloon beneath my skin started inflating. I wondered if my foot would continue expanding until it popped.
Needless to say, we cancelled the show.
The next weekend Jonathan and his wife Christa were going to accompany me to a writer's retreat that I helped start. They were going to be leading the workshops. The night before, Jonathan called and let me know that their daughter was very sick–they wouldn't be able to come after all.
On my drive down to the retreat in Kentucky. Jonathan and I spent a couple of hours talking about failure, struggle, and the importance of it in the process. A bird hatching out of the egg needs the process of breaking out on its own in order to have the muscles to survive. If you help a bird hatch out, it will probably die.
So I embrace the struggle. I have so often seen it pay dividends. Just as it did this weekend.
The writer's retreat ended up being a smash hit. We called an audible and I presented on several ideas I've been processing the past few months. It struck just the right chord with the group. Also, during my conversation with Jonathan we decided to relaunch our release party later this year as a celebration of Failure. I can't wait to tell you more about that. But this morning I told my friend Mark Neubauer in Nashville about our plan and he instantly reacted, "Woah man, I've also been chewing on this idea the past few days."
In both cases, physical failure of the body and of our initial plans became soil for something even better. We're more excited about the new plan than the old one.
Embrace the failure, learn from it, get up and go again.
I'm making some inroads in some new cities and am looking for some leads.
I have a couple of core connections in Winnipeg but still need another musical connection or two to to make a long weekend that can cover a plane ticket. If you have some friends or ideas send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking forward to getting back to Baltimore. During the last house show I got to reconnect with old friends and make some new connections. But I'm still looking to expand those. If you have any ideas or suggestions around Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, etc., drop me a line.
I'm also still rolling with house shows. Even if you don't find yourself on my musical warpath, let me know if you'd like to host something and we can plan around it!
October 22nd - Irwin, OH (Private Event)
October 28th - Chicory Cafe (Details on FB TBA)
December 9th - Bryan,OH
December 10th - Columbus, OH