Just Keep Singing and You'll Find Your Way Home
Saturday, April 27, 2013
It is said that the Himba tribe in northern Namibia believes that a child's life begins when the mother first has a thought of him or her. She then sits under a tree until the child's song comes to her. She teaches it to her husband and that song is sung to their child during transitions of life--in the womb, during birth, marriage, and even death. In fact, when the child does something that goes against her nature or the community, she is brought to the center of the village where the community surrounds her and sings her her song as a reminder of who she really is.
I find this to be deeply beautiful, and while all of it may or may not be factual, it is certainly true. I recently left my radio gig at SiriusXM in order to give my full-time attention to running OneVoice (www.onevoicecommunity.org), the non-profit I founded two years ago, which is how I'm spending most of my time these days. But more than anything, and despite the fact that I loved my time on the radio, I left to remind myself of who I really am. And that means a return to my song.
So in addition to my focus on OneVoice, this June, I will begin recording my first solo album since 2008. My dear friend and musical soul mate, Jake Armerding (www.jakearmerding.com), has cajoled me into it, and as a 'thank you' I've stuck him with the job of producing this thing. No, we don't know when it will be released. In fact, there remains the distinct possibility that we will simply hang out a lot, talk baseball, and play Paul Simon songs. But we are both terribly excited about the possibilities. I will keep you updated right here. Pinky-swear.
In the meantime, there are some kids shows this summer (and a June solo show with Jake in Boston). Come say howdy and sing me a song that belongs to you.