With that - I know that we're all busy, so I'll sum it up to say, my dog had to have surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, and my car died. On the same day. And I love them both.
Today's post is about what happened just after these events...
In the minutes following, I hopped on a train to Brooklyn, and started working on a new CD.
Yep. A little bit weepy, and a lot stressed-out, I went to work. Because that's what you do.
You have a rough day? You go to work.
You have a great day? You go to work.
My friend, Chris, is producing my next CD, and is a dog lover. (We're working at his new studio, which is beautiful, and I'll be sure to show videos and photos next time.) So, he totally understood that I was upset.
I arrived at the studio, trying to hold it all together, and told Chris what was going on.
He paused, gave me a sad smile, and said, 'Ok, so...let's make some f***ing great music.'
That did it. It broke the sad and scared spell.
I laughed, he laughed, and we did.
We went to work.
And the songs that we worked on sound amazing. And I can't wait for you to hear them.
So here's the thing.
Sometimes sad, unfortunate or scary things happen.
Your dog has cancer.
Your car dies.
And then there's a silver lining.
The surgery that you hoped would work, saved your dog. You realize how much you've learned from your dog, and you're grateful.
You got a new beautiful car. You think back on the hundreds of thousands of miles that your other car supported you through, and you're grateful.
And at the end of each day, whether it's a great day or a terrible one, I make music. With people that I know, like and trust. It's my job, and it is awesome.
Coming to this realization, after my emotional roller coaster of dogs, cars and studios... I started laughing as I hopped into the shower the following morning.
Not like, crazy person laughing, just a chuckle.
Because I thought to myself: "Well, today is going to be better, and if it isn't...I'm sure it will be fine."
So there we have it.
And new understanding of how things are really never that bad.
One final thing...my first road trip ever in my Corolla, back in 2004 when it was brand new...I landed in Colorado.
And yesterday, I finished driving, and this morning, I'm typing to you on my first road trip in my new car...from Colorado.
Seems like this is all working out just fine.