Almost exactly a year ago, I moved to West LA. Sometimes you hear someone use the term “life-changing” and you might think “Oh, yea, really? Ok so you’ll never be the same after that new donut?”
I’d say the move was life-turning.
There were days I’d wake up in New York and not do anything. It’s so hard to stay motivated when your world is terrible weather and a small apartment. It’s not an excuse, but it’s the closest thing I’ve ever felt to depression. I wake up now with a drive and purpose that I’ve never felt before. Here’s why
I have an incredible support system here. Family dinners every Monday night, friends I can’t go a week without seeing, and a group of musicians that I have the privilege to make music, travel, and experience life with. I’m writing music so naturally, in a style that is much more consistent and my own. And I’m playing shows that people can’t help dance to, can’t help trying to sing along even though they only heard the chorus for the first time seconds earlier. I’m in love with life, possibly for the first time ever.
The mountains, the ocean, music and incredible people to share it all with. I literally couldn’t think of anything that could make it better. Alright, maybe a house, a dog and a solid record deal… But that’s not how life works. You build, you evolve, and you look at where you were before and appreciate how much better it is now. As long as I do that, I’ll be happy.
Life is easier now. It’s not less productive, in fact it’s much more. But there is a quiet efficiency of living here, of casually going about your business and then realizing how many cool things you’ve done. I’ve recorded a single with an awesome band “Bristol To Memory” that will be released soon, I’m planning on recording my first record (look out for the Kickstarter) and hopefully get a West Coast tour to compliment the awesome shows we’re playing down here.
There’s going to be some big changes this upcoming year. I don’t know all of what they’ll be, even if they’ll be negative or positive, but I’m so excited for them.