I hosted the February and March open mics, but don't have my usual slew of photos to post. In any case, they were both fantastic. Laila Nur has been kind enough to take over as host while I'm here in Germany.
So why move to Germany? I had a steady day job back home. I have an incredible group of friends. I have a loving family. But over the past year, I saw a few young friends pass before their time. And as much as a closet-sized office with no windows appeals to me, I know that if I didn't get out and see the world and share my talent and try to help others do the same that I would be sucked into the same fate as the people I saw around me.
Wow. That sentence sucked. Good thing I don't work in education anymore, eh?
So here I am. During the year and half that I had my day job, I was able to write and record 3 1/2 short albums of material. Having a steady paycheck--no matter how small--was incredible. I had the best health insurance I've ever had. I got myself checked out. And then I realized that the anti-depressants I was prescribed were only a patch to solve the real problem--the day job.
So here I am. In Germany. At an old friend's house. With a heater at my feet and a guitar on my lap.
My next album, Vageezus: Voice of a Gynaration is almost done. It's my first full-length rap album and I can't wait to share it with you! I just need to have it mastered and duplicated, which I'll need help getting done. It's scary to start all over like this. But it's also liberating. It just...had to be done.
So while I'm here, I'd going to see the sights, play out as much as possible and hopefully *fingers crossed* host a Homoground Open Mic abroad.
Feel free to reach out to me with suggestions for anything above.
Here I am.