Greetings from the El Pueblo Lodge in Taos, NM. I hope this finds you all well. News of the Columbus, OH attack was the first thing I saw when I looked at my phone this morning, and it has not exactly put me in the beatific mood I should be in, when surrounded by so much beauty in this magical place. In light of this, and other recent events, I am, frankly, terrified, and fear for the future of this country. But I don’t know what to do, other than keep going, (into Arizona, maybe further, today, practically speaking) and speak my mind when I can, avoid the rampant mental pollution going around, and try to answer all this with what music I can conjure, with what hope and love for this world I have left. No matter what your views, I would hope we could at least re-learn the once living ideal of civility, and talk to each other. Person to person, in real time and space. Not banging out some hateful rant on social media, arguing with someone you’ve never met who lives hundreds of miles away so that you feel safe enough to let the devil take your tongue, and let reason be erased easy as marker scribble on a whiteboard. As you can tell, I’ve kinda had it. But I’m holding on to what I can, and to the ones I love, and I’m petitioning the Divine in my own way–because we mere human animals can’t seem to keep from wanting to blow the joint completely to hell. But let’s hope for the best, right?
California dates this week! I’m excited for this long-overdue return to the west coast. See the tour page for details, but essentially I’m playing the L.A. area tomorrow (Tuesday) and Thursday, Del Mar on Wednesday, Santa Barbara on Friday, and San Francisco on Sunday. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll come out to one (or more!) of these shows.
Clock is ticking; check-out time is 6 minutes away, and there are miles and miles before I sleep, or more likely scroll and tap around on my phone til the wee hours in some room with a number on the door. Thanks, as ever, for your support.