Just Another New Year

It’s that introspective time of year yet again, time to look back at what has shaped us over the last year, and what we are looking forward to in the year ahead.  Although my plans for the coming year have been gearing up for a while now, I thought I’d take a moment to share a few musings with you on this first day of 2013.

This past year has certainly been eventful.  Losing my brother to cancer in the Spring was . . . awful, to say the least.  I’ve also been putting in tons of extra time at the radio station for most of the year, covering one of our announcers who went on extended leave, while helping coordinate the digitization of our entire CD library and auditing the library database.

I’ve been a little busy.

But the vacant shift has now been permanently filled, and I updated the final CD last week (13,000 CDs and over 40,000 77,000 individual works).  And I’ve reduced my on-air schedule to just Sundays, so I have more time available on Saturdays to spend with family and friends.

Basically, the frantic note that has been pretty much a constant throughout this last year has faded, and I have a nice, clean slate for 2013.  I have time . . . time to compose, time to spend with family, time to explore new places and revisit some favorite locales.  My mind is already teeming with music crying out for release, and new pieces are getting sketched out.  This coming year is already shaping up nicely!

What’s left – for now – is my New Year’s wish for you, dear reader:  May the coming year be filled with music and joy, may you cherish the time you spend with friends and family, and may the hills and valleys along the road ahead be gently rolling ones.

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