A new day is always a great day to make music. I paraphrased the title to this post from a quote by Leopold Stokowski. A renowned conductor who stated "A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence".
This year has been a good year. I've been rooted deep in the music scene here in Ohio. Opportunities have been presented to work with some of the great musicians and vocalists in Cincinnati. It has also pushed me out of my comfort zone. Many of the female vocalists I've worked with have very different styles. Though, to be honest, my guitar playing has not changed too drastically. It's really about coloring in the right context. But, I've been having a great time with the challenges.
Life outside of music has presented it's own challenges. Though it doesn't make it's way into my professional life, my wife's health creates many obstacles. She was diagnosed with EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) in 2017. We were living in San Diego at the time. She was medically retired from the Navy January of that year. We have been fighting to find a comfortable solution for her while we fight through the pains that come along with this diagnosis. It's amazing how much she pushes me to continue my music career while we fight through it. I'm given more credit by friends and family than I could ever deserve. It is truly her, keeping our life afloat.
So, I given all that has transpired over the past couple of years, health diagnosis and moving from the west coast back to Ohio. I have started writing again. Feeling like I've finally waded out of the din of life into waters more shallow and easy to navigate. My guitar has finally been strumming some new ideas. I'm ready to start painting over the silence stories of endurance and hope. There is a lot to share and I only hope that the stories connect.