Given all the depressing, appalling, frightening, disgusting (I could go on) things that are happening in our world today, I have decided to take refuge in gratitude. Despite all the Bad, every day we are all surrounded by things, people, moments that are wonderful, beautiful, transcendent—and I don’t want to lose sight of them because I’m focused on the nasty stuff.
So, I have resolved to write a thank-you letter a day to people to whom I am thankful for what they’ve done, or simply who they are, but have never gotten around to letting them know. And I want to start with you.
I don’t know if you’ve been with me for a day, a decade, or for the whole 56-year luge run, but I am enormously grateful that you have given me a moment of your time—or perhaps many moments—to listen to, or read, or look at what I’ve created. You hear “I don’t have the time,” a lot, but at the bottom of it all, time is all we really do have, so I very much appreciate your investing a bit of it in me and my creative offerings. Thank you!
I know this is an uncharacteristic outpouring of sincerity, and I apologize if it’s upsetting—I won’t make a habit of it (though I will write that letter-a-day).
The new album is coming near completion — the artwork is almost done (these images may or may not be part of the package, but I like them – see bottom of post), and I’m hoping that the digital download will be available for the Pledge Music crowd will be available in a couple of weeks, the CD by the end of the year, and the LP sometime early in 2018 (the pressing plants are the bottleneck with vinyl).
Here is a sneak peek:
Upcoming shows, all with Matt Nakoa on keyboards:
- Mon, Dec. 4th, One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME
- Tue, Dec. 5th, Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA
- Sat, Dec. 9th, The Bull Run, Shirley, MA
- Sun, Dec. 10th, Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
Check out TomRush.com for all the upcoming shows, and stay tuned for the album-release announcement!
If I don’t see you at one of these shows, have the best holidays ever—I’ll hope to get a glimpse of you in the New Year!
All the best,
Quote of the Month:
“Sincerity—if you can fake that, you’ve got it made!”
–– George Burns