I've been away too long. Damn time flies.
So I had a car accident about a month ago. My barely 1 year old Jeep got totaled. Someone turned left in front of me at a green light at an intersection. I drive like an old lady thankfully so I might have been going 35 before I saw the car appear in front of me. Funny. Cars we are used to seeing coming at us in the opposite lane suddenly seem HUGE when they unexpectedly jump right in front of you. And it's not like you think from TV and movies. The impact was actually--Quiet. Soft. More like a bubble popping than the screeching smashing metal they show you in shows and movies.
Then, over. In an instant. I couldn't remember parts of it. How did my glasses fly off my face into the road? How did my car turn 90 degrees?
Airbags are miraculous. There was a young boy in the passenger seat of the car that cut me off. Side and front airbags deployed. He was more scared and shaken up than anything. I think. Police came, cars were towed, paramedics showed up. I felt ok immediately after. Adrenaline or something. I went home. Wandered around aimlessly for awhile. Felt like 17 days. Realized I had been standing in front of the refrigerator for about 20 minutes and forgot why. Went to the ER. Shoulder injury, chest contusion, cervical sprain and a concussion.
The next 2 weeks were full of doctors, insurance calls, and aimless wasted fuzzy days. I felt like I was in a constant time warp. Everything seemed to take forever. Memory lapses. Forgetting words when I spoke. Sudden crushing tiredness. Basically it sucked. I don't recommend getting in an accident. Trust me on this one.
I kept thinking how lucky. How fucking lucky I was. We all were. It--if there is such a thing, was a relatively minor accident. Cars were wrecked but no one broke any bones or had blood coming out of their eyes.
Lucky to be on the mend. Lucky to still be able to walk. Talk. Play music. Pet my dogs.
Driving is still a little wonky. And I've forced myself to go through that intersection again. Every time I have a little nervous flash. It'll get better.
I had to get a new Jeep. The dogs were like crack addicts going through withdrawl while I had the rental car (no way I could let them come on a ride, they charge a cleaning fee!!) But they love the new one. I do too. And luckily we've had some nice sunny days lately to drive with the top off which is one of my favorite things.
But wow. It's the middle of September!
Prior to this, I had been invited to play for 97.7 WEXT's 10th anniversary. It was a ton of fun. I got to play 2 songs live in the studio, do an interview and play one of the studio tracks on air. There were a bunch of supporters of the station there as well as local musicians. I had Bryan Thomas, Michael Eck and Mike Poulopoulos sit in with me singing and playing mandolin and guitar. Way cool people. So much fun. And with the listeners in the studio with all of us it was like a mini-concert.
I realized it was the first time I had played live in front of people in way way too long. It got me all pumped up to finish the new record.
In the meantime, my designer, Todd Moreland had started sending me ideas for the cover. You can see it here He did it in the middle of a move from NYC to LA so I truly appreciate the time he spent. He has done all of my album artwork and it was a pleasure re-connecting with him.
So there I was--off the radio appearance, the artwork was coming and BAM! Car accident. Makes me grateful now, for the time I do have and a terrible appreciation for the time I mis-spent the past few years not getting this record done. Time to get busy.
So check out 97.7 WEXT. They are playing a new song "Dream of You". You can listen on air in the Capital District or on the web everywhere else by clicking here (They also have a fancy free app--check your app store)
I have a new page here just for the new album and it will be updated frequently so stop by soon! Check it out-- Painting the Silence
I am very close to being finished. I think everything will be done by the end of October. I know you're as excited as I am.
See you soon