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What’s Up With JM? – September 16, 2018

For a while now, if I had any news for you dear visitors, it was mostly based on a show announcement or some new audio/video recording I was promoting.  As much as I plan to continue to do that, there’s more I would like to share with you- and not just in the spirit of more frequent and valuable updates to my web sites.  Some of you know me well enough to know about my family and my job at the library- and those of you who know me better know me as a writer of songs and blogs.  Knowing me any iota better than that pretty much makes you family.  Welcome all.

For all of those reasons, I want to tell you more about what is going on in my life than I have in the past, mostly because the future I was once warned about feels an awful lot like now- and it’s better than I imagined it might be a decade or two ago- though it has no resemblance to anything I recall entering my imagination.  Maybe vaguely.  Surely, I once supposed I would have a special lady in my life, but not like Amber Webb or what we have together.  Perhaps, I once thought I would be a father, though not to sons such as mine.  Anakin and Alister fill me with joy and wonder every day, and we share it all as one.

As far as music is concerned at the moment, there have been random episodes of rehearsal and recording, a few one off gigs this year, and not much else to discuss that isn’t someone else’s project-in-progress which I have some hand in producing as a partner and proprietor of Tantrum Niche Records.  It hasn’t felt like as much work as it has been, especially considering how my main computer pretty much melted to death in the middle of a mixdown for an album which would have been done by now if not for the unfortunate incident.

One thing that is sort of new, which applies to everything I have discussed up to this point, is the way in which I am constantly interrupted.  I am not complaining about this, just observing it as a new reality, and an essential part of the same old processes; it’s just that since I finished the previous paragraph and started this one, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been pulled away for a few quick things that added up to all of the time I have before going to work this afternoon.  One of the young neighbor kids came over to play with Anakin, and before I even finished that sentence, I answered the door for the neighbor girl’s older brother- who has joined the impromptu party involving slime and video games.

I am not kidding about appreciating all of this commotion; I find myself getting up and sitting back down with a clear head; it’s always something unexpected that makes me realize a better way forward with whatever work I got up from.  Not for the first time, all this being brought up, I can’t believe the alien feeling of relief I often get (and will soon have again in two minutes) for getting out of my house and going to work where I can get some peace.  That seems odd, doesn’t it?  Isn’t one supposed to come home from work to get a little peace?  Whatever- I’ll take it wherever I can get it.

One last thing before I go; thanks for reading and checking back every so often.  Email me if there’s something you would like to see me writing about.  john@johnmaxfield.net

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Sep 16
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