Tonight, there’s a -35 wind chill in Rockford, Illinois. If you live in this region, I hope you’re safe and warm.
I played my first show of 2024 yesterday at Anderson Gardens. It was -9 outside, and I wasn’t looking forward to loading up in the cold. But the venue was full of kind people, and I was playing in the sunshine, and by the end of the show, I was almost sweating. And I was happier than I’ve been in a long time.
Because it was a three-hour gig, I dusted off some of my older songs to fill out the set. I don’t usually play the old tunes; they historically make me cringe. But yesterday, they did the opposite. I loved them again. They didn’t sound bad to me at all. And I had a revelation: they were always good tunes…I just needed to give myself some space from them to see them in a good light again.
Reader, if there’s something you’ve made or are working on that’s making you feel the blehs, don’t forget the power of walking away from it for a while. Sometimes we need to see our creations at a different time and in a different place (and apparently at a much colder temperature) to appreciate them again.
Wishing you a week of warmth. Be kind to your mind. See you next Monday. -Em