It’s spring and the world seems to be waking up all around me. We’ve had a couple of false starts, complete with a couple of days where the ground turned white, but it appears to be now definitely started. Fortunately it doesn’t seem like the false starts impeded the return of the spring flowers as the neighborhood’s crocuses are in full bloom, the daffodils have started, snow drops have presented themselves and the forsythia are now doing their things as well. It shouldn’t be too long until the redbuds bloom. I’m hoping that the one my wife and daughter bought for me several father’s days ago will finally bloom for its first time. We shall see as it’s a little early for it to hit its stride yet. Musically the stride is being struck, however as things are finally moving forward with the bookings.
I have three gigs lined up in the next month or so with the blues rock band I play bass for, have two folkish guitar gigs on the books with Cedes Buck, a local singer/songwriter, an opening gig with the classic rock band, have a web site near launch ready for the trio, and have been added to an original band, The Hurtin’ Kind, as their lead guitarist. It looks like my first gig with them will be in June. I’ve also invested in some fingerstyle guitar music to add to my solo bag of tricks so it’s easy to say things have really started moving along. Next week I’ve got seven rehearsals slated then a gig. Still looking for that balance between gigs and rehearsals, which I will be attaining one way or another.
My writing has been on hiatus mostly because of the political nightmare I’ve found my country mired in. It was occupying entirely too much of my working memory to the point where every time I sat down to write essentially the same tirade would start emerging from my keyboard and wriggling itself across the page. So, I decided to step back from the writing and focus on music and teaching for the time being. Sometimes when I find myself faced with this type of rutted thought process I find the best thing to do is simply stop, take several steps back, and attempt to get my perspectives under control. I’m still really upset with what is going on, but stepping back has allowed me to start refocusing myself on the things that I need to do for my music and the other aspects of my life that need attention.
That being said, I do find that I’ve committed myself to quite a few projects, all of which require varying levels of attention. I’m going to have to make some decisions regarding them eventually in terms of ultimately where I want to be, which definitely leans toward the original line of things. I do like being busy as it keeps me moving and doesn’t give me time for inertia to set in, but the shotgun approach can only go on so long. We’ll see what shakes out of the next few months and where it takes me. I’ve been in contact with a friend in San Francisco whom I’d lost contact with some 20 odd years ago. He’s experienced some success with the direction he’s taken, kind of a gypsy jazz/Americana mix that keeps him working steadily in San Francisco, and gigging in various other locations as well, such as New York. Ultimately, I’d like the situation he’s built, but not necessarily in the same genre. It’s starting to become clearer though, which is good.
So this is my version of an update on things in the world of Christopher Hopper. The balls are all in the air, and it would appear that more are being added as the days pass. I’m hoping that I can keep them all up there, and if any are dropped the results aren’t too damaging. Here’s to spring!