IMO I find that if you feel better saying that you are going to do a hard reset on January 1st more power to you. But, I have been changing and moving forward through it all this year. I was homeless and living a quarantined Life in my car for several months (5 to be specific) before COVID-19 was even a thing. Over the year, I lost a ton of weight ( which I gained all back plus some) lived in Airbnb’s, slept on couches and park benches. I lost my dog, mambo who died July 16 and he died a terrible death due to lack of care at the end and I think, a broken heart. Because I surrendered him to someone who did not give him the love he required to keep on living. He gave up. That’s really why my year sucked. I’d go back to living in my car with him if I could get my dog back. But that’s not how life works. I’m dogless for the first time in over 20 years.
I’m thankful that I am working again, playing drums in several great projects (Sunday Jazz project with James Suggs, Ben Lushka band and my trio – Not From Here). Plus my solo gig (Check out my schedule and come to a show!)
I’m teaching again, several students per week (ukulele, guitar and drums)! Plus, I just got out of the studio where I recorded 2 brand new songs. I wrote them in April during the lockdown. And earlier this month I recorded all of the instruments and vocals. I can’t wait to release them, literally.
A few of my resolutions are to keep on keeping on, whether it be drums, guitar, teaching, posting tutorials or making new friends and connections.
I’m thankful I wasn’t successful enough on March 17th when I was baker acted. This year was about letting go of people I cared about that did not care about me. From my family to friends, band mates to an old love. I wish you well. And when I see you again around the bend. Well, we shall see what happens. Happy new year, 2021 here we come!
Sandi and Mambo (rip)