The Weekly Walk...

Hurling Forward to Grow! 

Late January through February 2011 I was touring solo in Europe for the first time. There was sense of adventure I was looking forward too, my confidence rested on the fact that "I do what I do" musically. I didn't have many actual gigs lined up, but going to the destinations I hoped might lead to serendipitous fortune. The bottom line was, and still is for that matter, 'doing things' that were out of my comfort zone so that I can grow as an artist and human being.  

 I started out in Cannes, France to showcase at the MIDEM music conference for 5 days, "Couchsurfed" in Lyon for 3 days and then on to Paris where I performed at many open mics to great response thanks to my host Geremy taking me around, proudly touting his temporary role as my "manager" throughout my 4 eye-opening days amongst unpretentious Parisians who surprised me with their passion and appreciation for "what I do".                                        Geremy(right) and an unidentified friend in Paris

After Paris I went to Amsterdam, arriving in the evening of January 31st. My Couchsurfing host was nice enough. The only difficulty was walking up 3 stories in a narrow stairwell with my four pieces of luggage, plus a guitar on my back. He didn't assist. I had a few days to hang out there before heading north to where I had a scheduled house concert in the northern region of The Netherlands, a gig that I needed to refill my coffers, considering my funds were pretty low, my fundraiser concert before I left having been less than stellar in attendance but, as is the usual case, artistic bliss.  

I had a pleasant time with my host, getting dinner at nearby restaurant but turning in fairly early, tired from the travel. Before going to sleep I checked my laptop and fund availability in my bank account, which I did religiously. Satisfied, I fell asleep.  

The next morning I checked my emails only to be startled by an overdraft alert from my bank. The adventure hit a bump. I was over $350 in the red and only had 100 euros cash in my pocket - not enough to get to my next destination and feeling suddenly very far away from home. I had to tell my host the situation and his welcoming demeanor suddenly changed as if I was a vagrant and might never leave.  

Where that good fortune of serendipity comes in: An old middle school acquaintance had gotten in touch with me on Facebook seeing I had announced my travel plans and was posting pics every day. My friend Karla, wanting to reach out in support, said that if I am going to Amsterdam I should look her family friend up while there and gave me her friend's contact info.  

As my host was starting to grow impatient with me to find a solution to my "problem", I told him that I'll figure it out and will do all I can to leave ASAP. With that declared, I wrote a long letter of appeal to the people on my Email List, explaining what had happened and that I needed to raised $1000 immediately to get me through revealed my PayPal account information and crossed my fingers. I proposed guitar lessons and merchandise upon my return to the States, not seeking a pure handout but clearly shouting a Call To Action to anyone that would respond. Of course, my biggest fear was that someone might think my plea was a hoax from Nigeria or the like.  

The next thing I did was to contact the person I was told of by my friend Karla by phone. To my immediate relief, "Ko", the family friend, asked where I was, and asked to speak to my ever-growing-cold host. He called a taxi to bring me to his apartment, which was outside of the city in a suburb. The first thing he did upon greeting me was to give me a great big hug and declare that for all intents and purposes "I'm home". I had a good rest of the day with my new host, Ko, and his sweet girlfriend Giny.                                        Ko and Jiny in Amsterdam

It wasn't until the next day, when we got into town that I was able to hook into WiFi with my laptop to see that my distress call was answered, seeing that there were emails from PayPal by which I saw more than what I asked for sitting in my account. I had learned something that still resonates with me to this day which is beyond "ask and ye shall receive" but more along the lines of "Hurl myself into the unknown, with full heart committed to using my gifts and talents and being on that path, everything will work out for the best.   

On that note, this is where I find myself seven years later, pushing forward to see what happens, with full heart and commitment. What I have to offer focus and work to heal and help pull our fragmented society together with music, and by example. What is clear to me is that I can't do this alone, and nor do I want to. It is you, my fellow "Walkers" that I will work to inspire engagement, intrigue and great music both live and recorded.  

I ask that you simply engage and share content that I/we produce that you like with your friends. It is by way of your open hearts that we may really see what happens. After nearly 50 years of trying I feel that something's gonna finally give way.

A "Fresh Start".... 

Welcome to my new website! Over time I will be adding pages and things/music/stories that you will only find on this site, as I believe it should be. Otherwise, why would bother coming back? I had been with my former web host since about 2006 so since I am looking forward to building and creating new things such as a new album, working on new music, trying to go forward with booking my full band show outside of the comfy confines of Club Fox and for that matter the West Coast, or the U.S. itself, I decided it was time to change things up with a brand new website.  

I am at a place in the general timeline of my life(yes I know that "ya never know") that I'm venturing toward (ta dum!) The Final Third! The way I look at it is if I can stay healthy enough for at least another decade I can really make a difference in the lives of a good number of people including my family, the musicians and their families, and of course YOU, while making a hell of a lot more music recorded and live! 

You can be involved as an active participant or you can sit on the sidelines, whatever you choose please watch. I am hoping I can find as many people to become "active", which to me means that you either find something in the music that is intriguing enough that you'll want to share it with others, that you like the adventure, the "story" or the vision I have expressed enough that you want to support seeing it through, OR, you just love music and want the world to experience it as much as it possibly can. Any of the above reasons is good enough for me!

For those of you who choose to sit on the sidelines....I can only hope you will keep your eye out for what is happening in my circle and change your mind. If you have signed up to my email list you will get a monthly newsletter(yay!) with the latest trend in "my quest to be my best" so, truthfully, all the deserving musicians I work with can attain "their best" as well. The first thing any of you "active participants" can do is to preorder the upcoming "A House Full of Friends" CD or digital download and or buy my other music & merchandise which includes the beautiful "House Full of Friends" t-shirts.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area come out to see a show, particularly Sunday April 8 at Club Fox, which is the Album Release Concert and Significant Birthday Celebration! You can purchase tickets directly through this website through the menu tab of the same name. I have a fantastic musician roster, as usual(check out the page)

I understand the opportunity that lies before me. A certain clarity and need to explore the unknown while feeling confidence in the "known". As my dear deceased father said to me on a few ocassions "It's a great life, if you don't weaken."  I feel a "fresh start" is about my getting back in the starting blocks for a race I've been already running my whole life. Things just look different nowadays. Deep breath.....GO!