Greatly looking forward to get back on the road tomorrow. First stop will be Sardinia where I will be playing a wonderful festival in Cagliari. It’s a gentle start before I set off on the ferry to Rome at the weekend. I’m feeling in a good creative space, and it feels that the Journeys #3 has really good momentum now. Since the lyrics are all finished, my mind has started turning to the next EP, and and I’m incredibly excited to be starting the songwriting process anew again. The world makes itself anew, again and again, and I am excited to contribute something little to that process. Right, to rehearsal!
The recordings for the Journey’s 3 EP continued this week. It is rolling along at its own pace, and somehow asking not to be rushed. I was very lucky to have Yasmin Hadisubrata come in and put down some parts. This is a little clip from the outro to “Where the Lovers Go”. Yass was improvising the outro and this was just a random take as she warmed into the song. More below!
I greatly enjoyed going to the Solidarity for Refugees party at the Bethanien squat in Kreuzberg last weekend. Spending time with Espin Meta is always an education, because he is a man of quiet and consistent action. Walking into Bathanien with Espin was a moving experience because every person in the building – whether from South Sudan, Chad, or Syria seemed to know him – a result of his years of work with refugees in Berlin. I wanted to share a little of my friendship with this inspiring man here on my online journal before he moves to New York this month ☞
This moment is an opportunity. Will we seize it? Will we chose to play our part? Will we find a way to engage? Will we allow our own perspectives to renew, to shift, to be transfigured by the moment? Will our old prejudices open themselves to the possibilities of new understandings?
The question is how you chose to rise in this life. I believe in the every day. I don’t believe in the defeats that other people put on you. I don’t believe in the illusions of success, just as I don’t believe in the illusion of failure. There is just life, and how you chose to live it today.