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curve-of-the-earthWe left the first three quarters of the year behind and emerged in London and Barcelona for our first visit back to Europe in almost 5 years- something we’ve both missed and a trip that’s a lot easier to think about from the East Coast vs the West Coast! The image above appeared as we came over the top of the world past Greenland and Newfoundland and crossed back into US territory over North Dakota. An amazing journey and, as always, that incredible perspective that comes with foreign travel.

As has been the case for some years now, the coincidences and retakes on past experiences continue. We reunited with old friends for dinner in London, but not before common friends here in the States randomly emerged just prior to the trip after 16 year absences on a new unexpected business venture. Life continues to unfold in amazing and beautiful ways for which I am deeply grateful after a lifelong struggle with various personal issues. When you get to a certain age, if you are lucky, you gain a perspective on the magic and sweetness of just continuing to live simply and quietly day in and day out and how things seem to work out if you just show up and pay attention.

My plate has again filled up with new business ventures, co-writing opportunities with young, talented songwriters via our Composers Breakfast Club of Malibu, and other assorted pop-up projects just when I thought things were going to quiet down. All really exciting and requiring more than the 24 hours we get each day!

Before we left for Europe, Paul and I discussed West Coast van Gogh Voices/Brothers dates and left it that he and Meg will most likely  visit LA in April before our Boston dates with the van Gogh Brothers, and Paul will join Scarlet, Brian, Quinn and I on some dates here on the West Coast. I am beginning to make arrangements for those dates now. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I have returned to the book that got me re-centered on music in 1997, Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way,” and am making “Artist Dates” with myself to begin crafting new songs for a new van Gogh Brothers album. I am in the very beginning stages of this effort which I expect will start in-studio sometime in mid-2017.

Life is abundant with goodness. It’s been an incredible year with a new home, my daughter’s wedding, a lot of new work and enterprise-building, the growth of our Composers Breakfast Club of Malibu, the beautiful young writers and artists I’ve collaborated with through CBC, the trip to London and Europe and a continued life of luck and beauty in Malibu.

I say this not to brag, but to remind you that it is possible to continue to grow and change over a very long curve of years in our lives, and if we find ourselves in situations of unhappiness, we can change our situations if we so desire. In order to do this, I had to learn 2 key things, 1) That change might actually bring a better life, and, 2) That courage is not the absence of fear, it’s the willingness to walk through it.

I wish you all a happy Holiday season as we approach the end of 2016, and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in the months ahead.

Love,

JC