So far it's mainly larger concepts and song "universes" I want to create within. There's no timeframe, no recording or release strategy. The return to Springtime is also a rebirth of seeing the world and one's surroundings from a position of discovery and play. For now, I'm enjoying the notes on the guitar, and the words from my pen as all the unhurried sounds of a forest. Birds sing without stage, and florae and fauna go through their days searching instinctually only for what allows them to thrive and grow. There is only the stress of being, not of a thousand unseeable pressures that crowd the minds of modern life.
Late last summer, my Dad - a lifelong musician - and I produced an album of his music; songs that he knew and loved that I basically forced him to record. It was a fun process - I got to find some of my favorite musical peers and convince them to come track some tunes in a makeshift recording studio I set up at a local church. Over the course of that fall, I edited and added a few overdubs to the sessions and just this last week, Frank Koza made his debut performance introducing his first album, the 7-song EP Family Roots.
We got to perform together and were joined in support to a packed (albeit small venue) audience of family and friends. It was definitely a highlight in a career that I continue to be surprised by in so many ways. When it comes down to it, I am beyond grateful to have the privilege of sharing music in this life with so many other wonderful human beings.
Ramping up to the performance, we took a mini-rehearsal trip to the Oregon Coast and between drilling the songs, we found a little time to take advantage of the salty air, the meditative waves and postcard-perfect scenery.
Now I'm off to sail the Pacific with some of my best friends old and new. Sounds more adventurous than it really is - we'll likely troll conservatively around in a marina until I barf - but technically, we'll be on a sail boat in the Pacific Ocean. I guess I like to keep my stories open-ended.
But before that, I have one more Acoustic Cabin Video to post as of now. There'll be more coming later in April and beyond that I'll have some new things to share, including new music/video from my band Rogue Valley, and a special-secret-side-project that nobody knows about..