Undertow

September 23 ,2008

Hey everybody wassup??!!! Well, I’m finally back home for a week and I’m busy getting into the back to school routine. I got home early after the Black Crowes had to cancel those shows in Cali and its just been beautiful here in Boston. The farmers market is in full effect and we’ve been grilling up a storm. Corn, baby eggplant, radicchio, fingerling potatoes, beets, oysters, brusselsprouts, the list goes on, anything you can cook. I can grill. Damn that’s good.

And while it’s cooking you know I’ve got my guitar by my side. It was nice to do some jamming off the stage after the summer tour. I couldn’t help it…I started writing a song the first time I picked it up. It’s a good jam too, “Undertow”. Lyrically it’s all about losing control–the story of my life. It seems like no matter how much I plan things out, life and music have a way of going exactly the way they want to go. Which oftentimes is not exactly where you planned on them going. That’s just the way it is for me. Make no mistake I’m going to keep on making my plans and putting in the work to get it done. I guess you’ve got to go with the flow. You can’t fight the undertow–swim with it until it let’s you go. Just don’t drown! That’s it. Make plans, work hard, and go with the flow. A new mantra for you to absorb.

So, I was thinking on these issues and along came this song “speed limit” and “undertow” then I woke up this morning and my drummer the Houseman sent me the following words of wisdom from some of the wisest to have ever walked this earth. Enjoy! Thanks Houseman. These quotes are right on time.

See you all at Austin City Limits. Make sure to get your tix for our late show Friday night at La Zona Rosa after the fest.

Keep the party going. G

THIS WEEK’S THOUGHTS FOR CHIEF PHILOSOPHICAL OFFICERS:

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”
Douglas Adams

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”
Joseph Campbell

“One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it.”
Albert Camus

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.”
Abraham Lincoln

“How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own journey if you take the road to another man’s city?”
Thomas Merton

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
Beverly Sills

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Henry David Thoreau

“We can’t reach old age by another man’s road.”
Mark Twain

“All in the dark we grope along and if we go amiss we learn at least which path is wrong,
and there is gain in this.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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