Last week, as the first decade of the 2000’s was wrapping up, I picked up quite a few negative vibes about our general state of affairs. Most of my friends were more than ready to send the last year sailing off into the distance. So long 2009, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
I admit it’s been a messed-up scene for a lot of this decade, in terms of the big picture. We all know the inventory: terrorist attacks and wars, environmental irresponsibility, an economy hurting from all the bills finally coming due, and a lot of political incompetence.
But as I prepared to wind down the decade, none of these things were foremost in my mind. And when I started looking back on the years in personal terms, I discovered I had a hell of a lot to be thankful for. I have my health, and the health of my family. My dad fought a battle with prostate cancer and won. My mom continues to amaze me with her strength and courage, keeping her spirit strong while her body struggles with an insidious and relentless disease. She is my truest source of inspiration and an inexhaustible well of kindness and love.
I played a shit-ton of good music in the last ten years, and had a generally great time doing it. I made some of my strongest friendships out of these musical relationships, and enjoyed a lot of good times with these friends. Meeting people through music is a sure way to connect with the coolest people, and to see their best side and most generous nature. I’ve been lucky enough to have great friendships bestowed on me, just by doing the thing that also makes me most happy as an individual. Truly a win-win.
I worked at a great company, and experienced way more ups than downs during the almost ten years I’ve been with Allyis. My job has changed more times than I can remember, but it’s always been challenging, interesting and rewarding.
I wrapped up the decade by meeting a great girl, falling in love and luring her out to Seattle from the east coast. Trade deficit in my favor, I say.
Anyway, the point is that in personal terms, the 2000’s were really good to me. I tend to stress out about the state of the world sometimes, as most people do, but to dwell on it too much just makes me feel powerless. Yet when I look inward and try to focus on what matters to me immediately, and on those closest to me, I find so many things to be grateful for.
As for the new decade, it’s starting off perfectly: with a couple of great shows. First, Explone plays the Crocodile this Thursday night, with three other fantastic bands: Eighteen Individual Eyes, Elba and The Globes. We play first at 9:00 PM sharp. Don’t miss this chance to catch the newly-supercharged Explone lineup at Seattle’s best club.
Then on Friday night, Red Jacket Mine plays at the High Dive with Richmond Fontaine. It will be a pleasure and an honor to share the stage with the Fontaine guys, who I’ve admired greatly for many years. We kick it into gear around 10:00 PM.
February will see Explone get back into the studio, so we can hopefully wrap this record up and get it into circulation. More on that in a future update.
Happy New Year!
EXPLONE is a Seattle-based rock band that refuses to acknowledge the irrelevancy of electric guitar in modern music. We won't stop believing. We still love Cheap Trick, Queen, Hüsker Dü, Nada Surf and the Pixies. Conservative Christians can have our Judas Priest records when they pry them from our cold, dead fingers.