I know, I know, I didn’t post a blog last week- it was my birthday on Monday, and I was traveling so I gave myself a pass. At first, I felt guilty. Then I realized the importance of giving yourself a guilt free break once in a while. This is sometimes hard for me, but I’m working on it. Today marks the end of a three week journey. I’m on a train heading back home to St. Louis, trying to prepare myself to return to normal life.

When I’m on the road, life seems a little more carefree. My main responsibilities are to get from point A to point B, and to engage people along the way through music and good old fashioned face to face conversation. Sure, there’s a few other things to keep up with along the way but it’s different than when I’m at home. At home, a million other things loudly clamor for my attention. Projects waiting to be finished as well as started, gardens to tend to, a job to work, rehearsals to schedule. The list grows, but it’s important to keep a creative balance when I’m at home. It’s important to not lose sight of why I do what I do as a musician, why I drive hours upon hours all over the country. It’s ultimately to connect with people by sharing my human experience through music. I think I’ll always be working to keep that balance.