It’s hard to believe that July is almost over. This year, spring and summer merged together in a whirlwind of change and uncertainty… as a musician that strives to make change, create, and innovate there isn’t always a predictable layout for my life. This year spring happened to bring forth change that was unexpected and somewhat devastating. Loss in life is for me, one of the hardest things about living… and loosing things close to you can bring everything else to an abrupt halt.
Within these transitions, the music is always there, phasing in from the foreground to the background, guiding the way, leading me forward. Calling me to get back on the path even when it often would often seem unbearable to do so. One cannot separate the artist from the person. What is happening in life will somehow be portrayed in the art and music, no matter if we want it to or not. This is why it was so important for me to step aside for the past few months. In order to yield and let go, one often has to reconnect the heart and mind.
I traveled from New York City to D.C, to Boston, to the deserts of Colorado, through the mountains and back to the place that will always be home, Pittsburgh.
I leaned on friends, caught up with family, practiced a lot of yoga and biked and ran many, many miles.
Through all of this, it became clear again that the only way to overcome anything in life is to first overcome yourself. And by that, I mean forget about yourself completely. So, through all of this I suppose I can say that this summer I was humbled to the point of becoming as close to egoless and selfless as humanly possible.
I was reminded that life is more about the oneness of all things than the way your name looks on a billboard, television screen or the list of accomplishments on your resume. In short, when this life is over, I would rather be known for being a good person, a good friend, someone who gave and shared love with the world more than anything else. The art and music will always be imprinted in my DNA, but for me, it will remain most importantly as a vehicle to connect with the world in a positive, humanistic, altruistic manner.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight” -Japanese Proverb
Reach out. Connect. Unite.
We are all one.