2017 was a year of change. And I’m not even talking about politics or the business of being an independent musician. Though these have had a significant impact on me, I will only be reviewing my personal moments from the year.
Change is what it is. It’s not bad or good. It is what you or I make of it. So here are some of the changes and highlights in my year.
2017 – the year that preceded 2018
- Creatively, “Dream This” was my big news in 2017. Besides taking years to complete and being my first-ever album of songs, it is my life story. I started telling that story in 2016, but this year it became an album in full release on all of the streaming services. All royalties from this album go to ChildHelp. If you want the rest of the story, click one of the links in this paragraph.
- Live versions of all of these songs came shortly after that, named “LiveSongs from #DreamThis”.
- I learned a lot during the creation and release of Dream This, so I gave back to the independent music community by noting how to avoid some of my mistakes in a series of blog posts.
- Inspired by our local community chorus, I wrote and released a Christmas holiday song. It’s a sweet song with an important message. Please listen.
- Meanwhile, I continued to release my improvisational and instrumental works. Those albums and EPs included:
- I wrote poetry and took many digital photographs. Since I live in a beautiful area (the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York), it’s easy to be inspired.
- I fell more in love with my wife and my life. I’m not kidding. This is may seem surprising because…
The downside of 2017 included being laid off from my day job. I got the news in the middle of the year and my “workforce reduction” action was completed by October 1. Though I miss the comfort of having that income, in the end this was the journey I needed to make.
- community (a group of people where everyone who is a part of it can have a sense of belonging)
- kindness (hopefully this one is obvious, though current culture does not always seem to exemplify it)
- connection and friendships (one-on-one relationships and collaborations)
Fading From View
- #2FollowTuesday (started in 2016) went by the wayside. The intention was great. Unfortunately…
- Several of my good friends left Twitter. And they had good reason(s) to. The bullying that this platform allows from very large, notorious accounts has caused a ripple effect across the entire network.
- As I stated about a year ago, I completely abandoned Patreon. I found their accounting to be very random and suspect. Plus, BandCamp VIP has proven to be an excellent platform for doing the same thing. One of the best ways you can support me is by subscribing there.
Thanks for checking out my year in review. How was your 2017? I always enjoy reading your stories here or on Twitter.