Last weekend’s First Annual Down By the Riverside Festival proved a warm, roots-centric venue with familiar, fantastic songwriters performing over two days. I was comfortably sandwiched in between Hugh Birdsall as well as Ron Gletherow and Steve Fagin of Maggie’s Guitar, who graciously played a handful of tunes with me, also inviting me to sing backup on California Dreamin’ and a Jim Croce tune.
Sinners Circle 14 promises more of the same, only in the round: I get to perform with Marco Frucht, Vince Tuckwood and Jake Carpenter. That happens Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Bean & Leaf in New London. Rehearsals are coming up and I am trying out different songs in anticipation, getting my best stuff ready.
Besides being, for a change, between gigs, and happy about that, I am between borrowing and repaying student loans, having just completed a 2-year master’s degree in Interactive Communications at Quinnipiac University. It has been a fascinating, challenging, instructive ride that left little time for music, though it was so stimulating I found myself still writing and performing where I could. And creating musical projects in web programming and Flash!
I am also in between two amazing books, having finished reading Homer’s Odyssey, the story of a blind cat and the woman he rescued in more ways than one and the Power of Now. I am also in the middle of Excuses Begone! by one of my favorite modern authors and thinkers, Dr. Wayne Dyer. Each of these books contains a singular message: the in between times we think of as neither here nor there are times when we live most fully, in the present.
In between gigs, books and financial life cycles, I feel as if I have arrived. But of course, I haven’t, and won’t. It’s the journey in between the milestones and moments, the getting there, the present participle of a life leaving a trail of meaningful words, chords and contacts, that matters.