After The Great Pause and the many adjustments that came with it, it feels so liberating to be creating music again. One of my current projects is a very energetic new single. I am combining many acoustic and electric elements, bouncing back and forth between Pindango Studio in Portland, Oregon and Estudio Rio Gato in Petaluma, California. It's May and the final mix was just completed, though the official release date won't be until the video is finished, hopefully by summer 2022.
I am very fortunate to have been blessed with lots of travel throughout my life. In my opinion, traveling is one of the most important activities for humans, because it exposes one to diverse cultures, walks of life, varieties of atmosphere and opportunities to connect with new people from everywhere. My career has taken me all across the world many times, which has been enriching beyond my dreams. I am grateful for those experiences and would not trade them for anything. Now I relish this phase of my life, which is allowing me to focus on writing and recording. It's been years since I've released any new music. I love the process of sculpting sound in the controlled environment of the studio, which produces gratifying results that last for generations.
One notable thing about The Great Pause is that it was the longest amount of time I had ever gone without getting on an a jet plane (though I did appreciate the time at home to reflect and regroup). In 2021 I started venturing out via air travel again, visiting friends and discovering new places.
I find that traveling is a stimulating muse, fulfilling and inspirational. Fresh ideas come while exploring new locales. Different climates and unfamiliar air are enriching for the creative process. This is true at home as well. Making the effort to get out and hike, walk the dog, take a drive, visit the art museum, or embark on a quick weekend someplace nearby are perfect tonics to keep refreshed and maintain positive flow.
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