“They Say It’s Your Birthday…”

Everything is so GREEN around my birthday…green, the color of spring….green, the color of St. Patrick’s Day…green, the color of hope…hope and anticipation of what is to come in this new season. Today I spent my 65th birthday (with my Medicare card in my wallet) in joyful revelry with 70,000 fun-loving souls who gathered together for a parade and to join in community for a worthy cause. Although my knees were tender and wrapped in orthopedic braces, I am grateful that both of my legs worked well enough to strut in time up Capitol Street to the music of the Southern Komfort Brass Band. I am blessed to be so rich in friends and to be in a place where people work hard….not only to earn a living, but who also work hard to build unified communities, to value the unique things about our culture, to raise children with good manners, and to honestly struggle with issues that continue to concern us….it’s complicated sometimes, but it’s wonderful.

Ready for the parade

In the spirit of this new season, I’m excited to share with you all that I’ve been working on a new record! About this time last year, I finished a handful of new songs to pair with some old favorites in a collection that will be called “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Eye.” It’s currently being mixed and I hope to have it ready in early to mid-May…more songs and more stories from the perspective of this Mississippian…stay tuned.

And so today I wish for you the old Irish blessing: “May the road rise up to meet you, may the rain fall soft upon your fields, may the wind be always at your back, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”



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