The happy-go-lucky unscheduled tumble of summer has started shifting to a crisp, autumn vibe. Pumpkin spice and salted caramel mochas are back, it's chilly in the mornings, the kids are all about Halloween costumes and pumpkins, and the winding forest paths are carpeted with pinks and yellow-oranges and reds. It's always around this time that I pull out those weird clothing items that seem like a good idea for one minute but then never seem to settle into actual usage. . . sleeveless turtlenecks, wool shorts -- I'm lookin' at you.
My summer was punctuated by opportunity and loss. There were beautiful, memorable nights that I got to play with or open for wonderful acts like Chris Blue and The Wallflowers, and I did some writing that feels like it's going somewhere. I helped book some terrific acts for wonderful stages here in Utah -- I found great satisfaction in helping to bring wonderful energetic young acts to bigger venues. And then things took a turn.
I lost my Dad early one morning at the end of July and found myself in Illinois for a lot of August in the sad aftermath. I've just recently begun sleeping and eating with any regularity, helping me somewhat function in a world that keeps moving forward (even when I'm not). So many dear friends and extended family members reached out to provide comfort, food, support, stories, and various other kindnesses to my family and me...we are all so grateful for your thoughtful gestures and strength. Grief is horrible -- perhaps something that becomes a part of you forever -- but the love and generosity that has surfaced in its wake will resonate with me for a long time, too. Thank you. Thank you.
Some cool events coming up here in Utah and in Illinois and other good places. I hope I'll be able to see you here or on the road. The music and words continue to help me make sense of the unfathomable, the mysterious, the blessings -- thank you for sharing the journey with me.
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