October is OVER
Boy howdy, October was intense. 19 gigs, including the big show at ZACH, the world premiere of When Harry Tries to Marry, which features 4 of my songs at Austin Film Festival, plus shooting a music video for the title track of the film, ‘Love is Everywhere’. Half way through October, I had a dream where a Tsunami was coming and I didn’t get a chance to start running or to take a full breath before it engulfed me. Blackness… and then I ran back to where the wave first hit me and started giving mouth to mouth to my unconscious children and my 7 year old nephew. As soon as one started puking a little, I said, ‘OK, you’re going to live and you’ll have to work the rest out for yourself and moved on to the next mouth.’ It wasn’t hard to interpret the meaning of THAT dream. I informed Buffalo that I had scheduled a nervous breakdown for October 24, but it was simply not do-able any earlier. Just promising myself a nervous breakdown was helpful.
Meanwhile, I got to do a really cool job with Andrea Perry, writing and delivering a fully produced song per week to a Dallas company called FirstCom. An actual paid songwriting gig where they will work to place songs in film and TV and we keep the writer share of the royalties. It was liberating to write without my identity invested in the song. We were delivering songs that would purposely have a more broad appeal, much like we did for ‘Love is Everywhere’, but the really great part was that I ended up identifying with the finished product and feeling proud to be the one singing the songs. I’m going to add some of them to my reverbnation profile when we get the mastered versions back.
Angus is 3 months old now and he’s been to every gig but the ZACH show, since he was 3.5 weeks old (and probably 100+ gigs in utero). I’ve so loved wearing him in my sling on stage and I’m always grateful when someone sends me a good picture of us, because this time is precious. Before long, he will either become too mobile, opinionated, or vocal to wear at the gigs. So far, he has never fussed, but he has gotten to where he is only happy if he can see the other players. He especially calms when he can see Slim’s hands. I often have to stand sideways at the mic just to point Angus where he is happy. Here are a few of my favorite photos.
He has some new orange Mack’s earplugs that I now prefer to the big headphones, because he can turn his head and rest it against my chest when he is asleep. That was too hard with the big cans on.