Another eventful summer is coming to a close; in many ways this one was an extension of the tours, trips, and festivals that I really began to experience last year, and yet at the same time I could feel my “adult” life begin in Seattle. I’ve become (slightly) more organized with my teaching schedule, I’ll be committed to living somewhere for longer than a year (unusual for me), and the dust has started to settle in this post-day-job life. And all this was happening while traveling to Montana for the first time since I was a kid, performing in places that still seem unreal to me, and playing music for more people than I ever have in my life.
In addition to that juxtaposition, travel vs. home life, I’ve found the need to connect with listeners, friends, and family stronger than ever, and at the same really valuing the time I have by myself to organize my…self. These two dualities, social and professional, are really what drove my summer. I’m not sure whether feeling this way is healthy/helpful/sustainable, but for me it feels good. It feels like I am experiencing life from as many different aspects as possible, and when it all comes down to it, it hasn’t kept me from being both happy and musically productive, and that’s really all that matters.
Plenty of fun things in the pipeline: just finished recording the next Hardcoretet album; it will be the first time any band I’ve been in will get to three records! The Polyrhythmics album will be coming out on vinyl soon, another first for me, and the artwork looks great! Theoretics shows at Sasquatch and Capitol Hill Block Party were great successes and will be leading to more opportunities in the future. Other than that, I’m just doing the best I can to be present, enjoy the moment, and put myself in good places!