I can’t believe the year is over. Time is flying out of control for me.
For me, 2006 was a year of examining the past and beginning to understand how it has shaped my present. It was a year that saw me reconnecting with some of the best friends I have ever had in my life. Shane, Tracy, my cousin Marge, and of course Toby.
I’ve also committed myself to writing more on my site. I have been telling the story of the record contract and reliving that period which was simultaneously the best and worst time of my life. As a result of the writing and spending time reading other blogs I have once again found myself describing people I don’t even know as my friends. Dutchy, Bianca, Scott, Chad, Killer and Liz, Mist, Miss Britt all seem like old friends to me now. I met Kristy and Sue and love them. I’ve seen my friendships with Jerry and especially Dan grow stronger this year, and I’m very thankful for that.
All because of blogging.
My relationship with UMB remains close and I’ve even gotten him to blog on his own and he has started reading mine.
Total Eclipse has had its normal cycle of ups and downs, with the turnover of a few members, big successful gigs, stressful practices and auditions. The band remains my one reason for not screaming and running away from the area.
2006 has also seen my career blow up into a million broken pieces. I haven’t really written much about it yet because I’ve been trying to salvage my relationship with my business partner. It’s becoming crystal clear to me that it isn’t going to work out.
I’ve also had to cut several “friends” loose recently because they put me in the position of having to choose between my family and them. I’m sure I’ll have to write about that soon.
I do not know what 2007 has in store for me. I know that the first part of the year is going to be quite tumultuous. There are big changes coming, but I don’t know yet what they are. All I know is that I will just have to hang on and try to enjoy the ride.
In other words, business as usual.
I’d like to make a toast: To friends, old and new, you enrich my life and provide me with an almost unlimited amount of fodder for stories and laughs… To changes and growth and the wonderful excitement of the unknown… and to the bigots and idiots from around the world for making me examine my opinions and inflaming my passions.
It’s been a good year.