Well folks, the Toys record just keeps getting better. Some very accomplished, high-priced players and arrangers have volunteered to play on it for free, just because they think it is extremely unique. Obviously, i’m quite flattered by this. This project seemed an impossible task when i started; and now, 3 years later, it’s all falling into place like a finished crossword puzzle.
My wife’s mom is staying with us for the last few days. I am truly blessed to have the best mother-in-law in the world. She is entirely self sufficient, and has no expectations of being entertained. She leaves the house early and goes to art galleries all over New York. She’s smart, and a good conversationalist. Sounds too good to be true, but it’s true!
I’m still very excited about Obama winning the election. The last thing this country needs is another war-monger. And the rest of the world are actually responding. Obama has put the nation in a much better light on the international stage. It is also truly moving that white people are capable of putting aside any racist tendencies and put a black man in the white house. It gives the world hope that America is not the backwards, gun-toting, fundamentalist Christian place that it has appeared to be ever since Vietnam.
Wow – I talked about politics. I don’t usually go there. I’m sure I’ve probably alienated many of you with the above paragraph, but I just can’t seem to keep my mouth shut on this one.
My brother Dan, CTD’s bass player, is having a second child with his wife Sheri. They love being parents. I’m not cut out for parenting – I would make a terrible father – but I’m glad that my Mom is getting some Grandchildren. For my own part, my songs are my babies. And instead of costing me money, they earn me money. To the people who say you just can’t understand what a joy having children is until you have them, my response is simply this – you parents will never understand what a joy it is to be able to live creatively, unbound by the chains of being responsible for a child. And anyone who thinks childbirth is a creative act in the true sense of the word, they are sadly mistaken. Anyone can get knocked up. It requires no mental resources whatsoever.
Well, that’s my rant for the day. Slap me if i get out of control.