It’s been a while.  I sometimes withdraw around the holidays.  There’s so much to do and it seems like a roller coaster of sorts.  It’s a joyous season and the kids are very excited and all, and at the same time there’s very little daylight and the year is coming to an end.  There’s so much to do, so much to think about.

And then there’s all the family stuff.  Everyone is getting older.  The kids are becoming adults and the adults are becoming… um… older.  🙂

There’s a whole new generation of kids in my family too.  My niece’s daughter, Tralee is 7 years old and is just so much fun to hang out with.

On Thanksgiving Cheryl came and met my family, or most of my family.  After dinner we all sat around singing oldies together.  Even my brother sang!

Right before Christmas Max Creek played its annual Holiday Party and the afternoon part of that is just heartwarming.  Everyone brings their kids and we get them up on stage to sing and Santa is there.

In the end, the holidays for me were about exactly what they were supposed to be about: bringing families together.

So with the new year comes a clean slate and time to do new projects!  I’ve got some things in the works.

Max Creek plays in Rochester this weekend (January 22nd & 23rd) and I’m looking forward to that!  We always play amazing shows in Rochester and I think we have a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday day so there could be some new stuff Saturday night!

BK3 is playing again, with Oteil!  We have some dates in San Francisco and Santa Cruz  in February.

I’ve started a writing project as well.  A couple years ago a woman approached me about doing a book about Max Creek and I was very enthusiastic and offered as much help as she needed, but shortly after she approached me about it she backed out of the project.  Ever since then the concept of a book about the band has been nagging me.  When Rob Fried passed on the world lost not only an amazing musician, but also a set of memories that only he had.  And so the project has taken on more of a priority in me.

The project is still in its conceptual stages but there will be more about that as it becomes more cohesive, but the general idea is to get stories from all those in and associated with the band and put them in a centralized location.  I think there is a deep history here and it seems like it’s compartmentalized into individual memories.  It’d be great to have them all in one place.

There are some more things in the works too but it’s too early to talk about them.

I miss writing the blog!