"A Sense of Place"

Well folks the CD finally arrived!  I know I've said it before, but this whole process has been such an act of love.  The support I received through the Kickstarter campaign, the connections I made in the studio, and the songs themselves are such blessings.  Now as I deliver the pre-sold CDs to the early supporters I'm feeling all of that love again.  

I've been having fun making packages and mailing them out.  I used some old file folders I found at ReUse (one of our local thrift stores) to make envelopes for the single CDs. I've spent a few days getting to know the guys at the post office better, and being thankful for the patience from the folks in line behind me.  I love giving and receiving mail! Friends have been posting pictures on facebook when they received their copies and writing me messages back with reviews.

A photo on Instagram from my friends' band Third Class, one of the early supporter.

 I also got to hand deliver some of the local CDs.  Some CDs just got quietly slipped into mailboxes or hung around door handles.  Others got accompanied by a little visit including this morning when I caught my friend Robert at home.  Robert is a puppeteer, artist, and a genuinely real person.  We had a great talk this morning about what books we were reading, vulnerability, and seeing the beauty in things.  He read me this poem by Rumi.  Here it is:

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Wishing you all great moments on this lovely morning.  I'll be playing at Donkey Coffee tomorrow night for those of you who can join me.  For those of you somewhere else in the country know that I am making plans and sticking pins in the map.  If you want me to play in your town please get in touch. I'll try my best to set up a gig there or play in your living room!
Be well.