It’s been a whirlwind week! Such a surreal feeling running into so many familiar faces in an unfamiliar place. I was fortunate enough to record with some wonderful people at White Bridge Studios– these are musicians I played with in college and it felt like a class reunion in the best way. We recorded “Escape Route”, “Box of Bones” and bass and violin for “Simple Things”. Thank you to Tommy Leland, Gavin O’Broin, Ali Veech, Jason Chambliss, Elisabeth Beckwitt, Russ Sternglass, and Lars Thorson for sharing your talents and brains with these songs. I keep oscillating between feeling nostalgic and grateful, which are really the same thing but on different dimensions.
I’ve been having a lot of conversations on this trip. Listening to people’s stories of where they’re at and how they feel about this stage in life and careers. Although my friends have diverged and pursued different paths in the realm of the music industry, there’s a string of phrases that keep bubbling up.
“I’m not doing what I want”
“I don’t know what my next step is”
“I don’t know where I should move”
“Everybody’s getting engaged. Shit.”
As an outsider looking in, all of these individuals would be classified as successful contributors to society. Making a life for themselves, forging ahead in an industry filled with uncertainty. But after just a few minutes of talking, we all had similar things to say. The same insecurities, the same fears, the same unsteadiness that comes with working in a field without corporate ladders to cling to and climb.
I guess what it all comes down to, is nobody knows what they’re doing. Even if their Instagram is sparkly and impressive, even if they are managing to work full time in music, even if they have a sweet job and a great apartment with two Keurigs.
I feel so lucky to have people in my life willing to open up to me, willing to have bigger conversations to try and figure out what our role is here in our communities and on this crazy blue marble of a planet. All we can do is take it one step at a time, tell people you love them, and remember to breathe (preferably with a glass of wine in your hand).
Thanks for reading. You are beautiful.