What's Goin' On?

Excuse me for disappearing off the map, but I’ve been getting situated back in Chico and figuring out where to go from here. If you followed my blog at all, you already know I had a wild ride in Spain, and hope to return for visits as much as possible, but am not looking to move there any time soon. Big experiences change you slowly, like wine aging in a barrel. If you were to taste it early in the process you might spit it out, but in a few months or years, it’s a delicately layered, smooth cabernet. With that said, I’m moving forward with life knowing that a fine fermenting process is taking place somewhere inside me. During the last five years I have hotly pursued some lifelong dreams and enjoyed moments that I didn’t believe possible like playing to a full house in the Sierra Nevada Taproom, or hiking my way across northern Spain with just a backpack and the kindness of strangers. What’s becoming clear in the face of these fulfillments is the need to constantly assess and revise those dreams in the light of real limitations and resources without losing faith. So, I find myself in the precarious position of balancing the need to support myself with my desire and determination to expand my knowledge and experience as a performing songwriter. Lately that looks like substitute teaching while applying to a Master’s program to teach international languages. Meanwhile, I’m getting an incredible education singing in a local small acapella gospel choir and continuing to write songs and connect with other musicians however I can. Like all songwriters, I live in a historical context that incites or inspires me. Bob Marley hoped to change the world bit by bit by bringing love and music as long as he could, and Marvin Gaye asked the quintessential question “What’s Going On?” in the midst of a troubling time of racial discrimination. Last week we elected our first black president and California voted in a constitutional amendment to curtail the civil rights of a minority group. I find myself moved to write about this typically American turn of events and hope that you all as fans will have space for me to explore the political as well as personal whether you agree with me or not. I hope that my singing, guitar playing, and powers of observation and poetry become more subtle and sophisticated rather than less as the years go by.

Comments

Turjja August 20, 2013 @05:21 pm
Dave,I had heard that you were leading whiosrp at AP and was very excited. I've been wondering how you have been doing and thought about dropping you a line but someone from South Hills sent me a link in one of our bridge emails that led me to your blog so I figured a quick hi was in order.Jen and I and our 3 children have been attending SHAG since we moved 5 years back and I have been somewhat involved with whiosrp there by playing guitar for youth services during the week and children's services on Sundays. Recently I came to be involved with the Bridge, so we'll see how that goes for the upcoming year.I'm glad to hear that you're doing well and are in God's graces blessing Allison Park with your talents and passion and I hope we can catch up on things sometime.Please tell your family that Jen and I say hello and we hope you have a blessed Christmas season.Dan