The past decade has been, quite frankly, a lifetime of experience for me. Every goal I made was met, and I took a beating for it.
I have decided 2020 is about healthy pursuits and a rather large reset of sorts: family and physical/mental health first, academia second, music third.
Within the realm of family, this simply means I'll be spending more time at home and less time performing. I have young children, and my yearning to be with them as they grow has now fully outweighed my urge to be on stage. This doesn't mean I won't take any gigs, but I'm going to be very careful about when and where I choose to perform. Also, I'm going to be ultra cautious about what I choose to perform. I don't really need gig money, which actually allows me quite a bit of freedom to pursue more avant garde, esoteric music. Namely, jazz fusion and acid jazz. Composition (i.e., notated songwriting) has long been something I've put on the backburner, but I have a few things in the works I'm beyond excited about. Also, to the joy of many friends, I am pursuing the bass again. It has been really fun to shed like I used to, and I think the projects I'm playing bass for are sure to turn some heads. Production will continue as well, but I'll take on less projects at once. This will allow me to choose good people to work with and make sure their projects are pristine before moving on to anything else.
Beyond hanging with the family more, I am most excited about my upcoming work in academia. Teaching at Doane has been a joy and I have started to hit my stride as a professor having just begun my third year. I have new lectures planned, a new book started, and several fascinating conferences lined up. I am also considering a podcast which would combine my recording and academic pursuits to some extent.
Mostly, I'm just looking forward to a few years without some imminent, intimidating deadline held over my head. I don't think I'll be on social media much beyond announcements for project releases. I'll be working, but with a very different mentality. Something has changed within, and it's not just this new/almost entirely plant-based diet. I'm learning about balance.
Wishing you all a fantastic 2020.