Well, gentlepeople of the internets, the year is drawing to a close and I've retreated up to the lovely hills of Moscow, Idaho, to recuperate with my family after what turned out to be an incredibly busy fall. 2011 ended up being a year of extremes: there were some very difficult things to deal with, but there were some incredibly great things that happened, too; some of the months were absolutely devoid of work, and other months were so jam-packed that they more than doubled a normal month.
More than anything, I'm glad to have been able to spend time with many good friends, on and off the bandstand. I had the privilege of meeting some people who quickly became great friends and some of my favorite guys on the planet, and strengthened bonds with people I already knew were awesome. I can't even put into words how happy I am to have gotten together with the guys who became Progress, and having people around that are that fun to make music with-- and, on top of that, who really get MY music and are able to make it sound its best-- is beyond awesome.
There are some very exciting things coming in 2012. I'm not counting on the Mayan apocalypse happening. Nelo is in the process of planning an extensive spring tour that will take us to the east coast and back, and I'm planning on doing both live and studio recordings with Progress. If all goes according to plan, I'm also going to find some time to play more with my soul-brothers in Snarky Puppy. They just recorded a new live audio-video masterpiece, it's going to be awesome, and them fools really and truly are blowing up.
Thanks so much to all of my dear friends in Austin, Dallas, Albuquerque, New York, and everywhere else for making this year, and my life, a joy. I love you all, and I'll see you all in the new year. In the meantime I'll be chilling with my awesome family in the hills of Idaho and Oregon. Holla.