Boy it’s been a while since I wrote one of these for a full show. Last night’s show at The Java Monkey in Decatur was nothing short of amazing for me. It was my 40th Birthday show and it was one of the most magical, emotional night’s I have ever had as a musician. Leading up to the show, I felt really excited but have very small expectations for it. Well, by the time I took the stage, the Java Monkey patio was packed and the amount of love that I felt from everyone really meant the world to me. This just fueled my performance and I just went on to play songs, tell stories, and just do what I’ve been doing for the last 16 years.
Everyone seemed really focused and paid attention when I was up there delivering songs. I felt this connection with everyone that I have worked so hard to acheive all these years. Part of me had to ask myself, “Are all these people here just to be nice to me or are they here because they actually like the music.” Well, my guess is that all those people weren’t just being nice. They were being great friends but they were also sincerely enjoying and connecting to the music I was playing and you just can’t put a price on that. That right there is why I have been doing this for so long.
Opening up with “You Built A Wall” was really fun and it was fun to get that one back out in a live set. I really enjoyed playing “Ghost Town” as that song has become such a huge part of me over the years. For a while I put it to rest but it came back strong and it’s taken on a whole new life since bringing it back. What was really more fun for me was playing the three new songs that I had never played at a full show before. I had tested them out at an open mic or two but that was about it. They seemed to go over really well and it was a good testament of just where I am heading as a singer/songwriter.
As the show came to a close, I pulled up Mike to play 4 songs with me and they were a hot mess. Pretty sloppy but then again, we were pretty sloshed but everyone loved it and it was a great time and a great way to close this chapter of my artistic life. I didn’t make a big deal at the show about it. I didn’t make a huge exit stating that this was my final solo performance ever. Why? Because I don’t wanna be KISS and have 100 farewell shows. I took my bow, I spent time with my awesome friends/fans and I just basked in the glow of feeling like I had played a truly great show. This was a great way for me to close this book for now and to move forward with my new band Mystery Road. Yes, I said Mystery Road. If you’re confused read about it HERE.
The road from here is wide open and up ahead I can see the horizon. I can’t see for all the twists and turns and I know it won’t always be smooth or easy but it’s a journey down a mysterious road that will take me to who knows where. For right now, I can say that I’ve picked up two very willing and very awesome passengers to start this journey with me and together, we’ll see where we wind up!
Thank you all for coming out last night and making my 40th Birthday a truly magical and special one. So far, I have to say that this 40 stuff kinda kicks ass!