ROAD RASH NO. 1 January 1, 2013
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller
With that thought I wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2013…bring it on!
As 2012 comes to a close, I feel some inner urge to look back and summarize, hoping to make sense of what was a strangely tumultuous year, full of amazing highs and frustrating lows.
I bought Casa de Kacee at the end of 2011 so the first couple months of the year were spent with contractors, electricians, plumbers, handy-men and landscapers. I thought the spending and the dusty boot prints on my dark floors would never end, but when all was said and done, my little Den of Zen was happenin’!
I spent the first half of the year touring with Luis Miguel, visiting Uruguay, Chile, México, Costa Rica, Panamá, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela and Spain, falling even more in love with my road family – the musicians, the artist, the crew - the music and the fans. I was brokenhearted to learn I would not be doing the fall tour, but I was honored to live and work with such gifted, kind, generous people. I may never laugh that much at work again, and their laughter I will keep in my heart always.
I had two relationships end, but formed new and lasting bonds with unexpected others, including a new roommate who is like family to me now. One of the new people in my life WAS expected: my great-nephew, Parker. Born on Cinco de Mayo. Olé! The cutest baby that ever did gurgle and crawl. No, SERIOUSLY!! It’s ridiculous.
And speaking of babies…I have a new boy. His name is Otis Shedding and we rescued him from certain death in the late summer. He was a sick, terrified, emaciated mess of a cat when we got him and now he is definitely the King of our castle.
I spent the latter half of the year teaching privately at home and at LA Music Academy, and was recently asked to take over the Mentor Program. I am honored and humbled. My students are the future of an industry I love and the fact that I’m able to contribute in some small way to that future makes my heart full. My industry peers have stepped up and agreed to meet this responsibility with me. I am overwhelmed by their experience, talent and generosity.
In the fall I began one of the most exciting recording projects of my career: a new record (that’s a CD for you youngins)!! I am co-writing and co-producing the project with my good friend, André Berry, who is one of the most talented people I know. We have finished the first few tracks and they are incredible. This is the record I’ve wanted to do my whole life. To support the music, I have jumped bravely into an electronic trio featuring André and Dave Brown. All I can say is it’s about to get DEEP ya’all…
“Wherever I am is exactly where I am supposed to be, even if I don’t understand the ‘why’ of it. The challenge is to enjoy every moment and wait for the ‘why’ to make itself known.” -- Kacee
So as I move into the flow of 2013, here’s what I know… I know I don’t have a man in my life, a tour, a fat savings account, or a lot of other things I pray for. But what I also know is that I am right where I need to be, even if it doesn’t always make sense. The past is irrelevant. The future is a hypothetical at best. So I will endeavor to spend 2013 living in the NOW, with an understanding that the present moment is the most important moment of my life.