I was out playing golf yesterday and the weather couldn’t have been better. My golf mates, Danny Seraphine, Tommy Thayer and my new buddy Jonathan Severn, and I were commenting on what an amazing day it was. Could I have played better? You bet but I was contemplating on how finding whatever the good is really makes the difference. I was thinking to myself…”What if you can’t have it all… you have to choose… great weather, not great golf… great golf, not great weather.
Yesterday? I’ll take the weather… you see, I was back in Nashville the week before and guess what? The weather was incredible! And, I went from Nashville to Utah for Thanksgiving and the weather in Utah? Amazing! So I was really noticing how lucky I was.
As many of you who have followed me, read my blogs… I’ve been talking about this for many years mainly because it’s what I’ve studied and subsequently had and have my focus on. Finding the gratitude… in these very interesting times, (that’s a subtle way to put it, huh?), it’s so easy to pay attention to negative and go down that rabbit hole. And by the way, I’ve been re-listening to some of my favorite Jim Rohn speeches and one I’ve really loved is how he talks about how we can’t just take in the positive stuff… got to see the negative too… for balance. Either extreme is not only not healthy but not realistic.
So, I’m just reflecting this morning on how being able to take a pause… slow down for a minute to grasp what’s going on, what’s happened, etc. is such a good and healthy thing. It’s too easy to get on the hamster wheel and the next thing you know 5 years have gone by, or 10, or 20 and I haven’t looked up to see what’s around.
This time of year is always a great opportunity for reflection. It’s pretty much made for it. So I take stock of all the things around me. My wife, my kids… (seeing everybody up in Utah was amazing… saw JJ for the first time in months! And wait till you hear HIS new music! Insanely great. For those who haven’t heard what he has so far click here. And the stuff he played for me on Thanksgiving that isn’t out yet is mindblowingly great. I hate when parents do that but sorry, I just did!)
And as far as my music? Wow… so much going on. First of all, I’ve been reviewing the stuff Jay DeMarcus and I started several years ago with the intention of a solo album… And not only that, we played at a charity event in Milwaukee a couple of weekends ago and had so much fun we went into the studio with that band once we got back to Nashville to just *goof around*. Wow, we got a couple of amazing tracks. Looks like another cool project might be in the works.
Here’s a video to show you about the amazing charity we performed for…
And then, getting back to LA for a bit we’re talking about getting together to jam again in this amazing band I’ve been playing with in LA. Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, CJ Vanston, Tos Panos and myself. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but Tos recommended me to come play with these guys. Skunk has a project he’s been working on for years with CJ and it’s finally done. Well, other than Skunk saying we should write one and put it on the album as well. I’m not going to argue with him!
Let’s see… who else is on this album? Michael McDonald, Jonny Lang, Clint Black… oh, ok Skunk… twist my arm!
Now I’m sure a lot of you know who Skunk is but for those who need a refresher? He was one of the original guitar players of “Steely Dan” (guitar solo on Rikki Don’t Lose That Number and My Old School)
So that’s a pretty full plate, wouldn’t you say? BUT, that’s not all!!!
The group I’ve been working with in the golf/charity world, Empire Sports, and I have been working on putting a great roster of talent together for our celebrity package. I feel so grateful to have been able to bring my buddies to the table to have an amazing corporate band. Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Loren Gold of The Who, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Danny Seraphine of Chicago, Preston Pohl of The Voice, Chris Barron of Spin Doctors… and the roster keeps expanding!
I’m going to be appearing at some corporate events with some amazing singers you would know and maybe they’ll want to come get involved in our golf events as well.
Oh, and how could I forget? It looks like I might be hosting my first golf event as well! They’ve been asking me if I want to host one and what do you think the answer is? Of course!
And I have to say, the greatest part of all this is it doesn’t take any time away from my beautiful family. What a win, right?
So there it is… I choose to look at this beautiful day… all that’s in it and say YES, I’ll take it!
I hope you all are having a great day!