It’s July 27th, 2012. I’m sitting on my bed (in America), reading BBC News and listening to Spotify. This isn’t much different than last year when I was in Morocco sweating my brains out as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Except I didn’t know what Spotify was until I got back. My internet may be faster, but my morning routine is about the same. It’s been about three or so months since I’ve been back home and time seems to have flown by. Sometimes I still feel like I’m in Morocco, most times I know that I’m in America. I drive around, I speak English, I eat Mexican food all the time, I hear my brother singing in thee shower and I meet up with friends for swimming days and beer. A world of different from my life just a couple of months ago. Honestly though, I miss Morocco now. I miss my life there sometimes. I miss being a Peace Corps Volunteer. I don’t miss the stress or the heat but that could easily be something I don’t miss in America or anywhere else in the world. I will say though that there is nothing like living in the Bay Area during summer! We get a little heat, a little cool and a lot of sunshine :)
Since being back I’ve managed to see almost all of my friends who are in town which has been awesome! Everyone seems to have changed a bit but at the same time stayed the same. I will say that at first I felt very much behind, as if I had been held back. It felt like everyone was running by me and I was struggling to even pick up a decent pace. I think I’ve started jogging now, but barely. I’m not sure if I even want to run or at what speed yet. I suppose that is just something I need to figure out as time goes on.
Let’s see, what else have I done? I been wine tasting a couple of times, out to dinner, coffee dates, family time, river floating, 4th of July fireworks, BBQ, drinking beer, playing music, etc. I guess normal summer stuff. People have been asking me, “So whats’s next?” and I’m not sure how to tell them politely to calm the hell down! Or do I need to take things more seriously? I’m not sure. I’m a pretty serious person but I’m also a complete goof. In Peace Corps, being goofy kept you sane (in my opinion), in America being goofy keeps you from getting that high paying job sometimes. LAME I say! Maybe I’m just not getting it? Not yet anyway.
So aside from fun summer activities, I bought a NEW acoustic guitar!! Well I guess that counts as a fun summer activity. Any who, I bought a Taylor 110E and it is LOUD! It’s so awesome. I hated spending so much money on a guitar, but I consider it an investment in myself. I’m so happy that I bought it. It’s my new baby. I still have my first guitar, a black Rouge acoustic and I left my 3/4 Hohner in Morocco. Now looking back, it was weird leaving the guitar in Morocco. But I felt like it was the right thing to do, to pass it along to a friend. It brought me so many good times and helped me write the CD I eventually recorded this past April, that I had to leave it in Morocco. I miss though, but I know it’s in good hands :)
I’ve been writing some new songs on the Taylor which has been awesome! I tell you having nice equipment kind of changes your sound a bit, changes the types of things I write about. It’s weird. I been exploring with new percussion sounds and using my Mac to record them, which is always super fun. Listening to new music at home is amazing as well. Thanks to Spotify I can pick and choose what I what to listen to. So right now I’m really in to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. I know they have been around for a while, but I’ve only listened to their two latest albums. I plan on catching up though.
The CD project that I started in Morocco is wrapping up. I did a photo-shoot last weekend in San Francisco which was so awkward! I’m not good at that kind of stuff. But I had a dear friend and my brother around to help me out, so it was all good. My brother is working his magic to create the front and back cover for the CD. He is too awesome! I can’t wait to share it all with you. Things are becoming more real now with the CD. I mean it was real before but now it’s REAL! Looking back, writing the songs was the easiest part. It took the least amount of effort haha. I never felt pressured to write songs and hit a deadline because at the time, there was no offer to record a CD. I was just writing songs to write songs like I’ve been doing since I was 12.
What else is there….oh yeah Cover Letters! What in the hell!?!?! I mean I know what they are, I’ve written some before, but geez. They are hard to write in a way that makes you sound awesome but not too awesome. Don’t be too perfect because if you get an interview and can’t speak or back up the claims you’ve made, you are a FOOL! So for now I’ve got my resume all fixed up and I’m working on some basic cover letters. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things or a swing of things, whatever that may be.
Oh, I also have a NEW music website/blog that will be the focal point for the CD and all the music related stuff to come. It is www.socorramusic.wordpress.com So check it out, sign up for the mailing list so that every time I update, you will know :)
Thanks for reading, chat soon :)