Sunday, July 24, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Watershed on Itunes and Amazon

The Watershed album is online now, so if you've been waiting to get a hold of it (or want to cherry pick the tracks that sound good to you) you can do it now! The tracks are already live on Itunes and should be up on Amazon in the next week or two. Happy picking.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Last Post from the Edge of the Wilderness

Yes, I'm on Sabbatical now. This is day two, and I'm on my way out. So, while I'd like to make this very, very long, I will follow my own advice and aim for short, clear and deep (with a touch of metaphoric poetics).

I am at the edge of the wilderness. I am a field soon to be fallow. I am a tree in winter, at rest, surrounded by stark beauty. Or I will be. I approach jubilee.

"What?" you say, "are you talking about?" Christa and I are taking a break. We're going away. We are turning off our phones. We won't be blogging. We will not be on Facebook. We probably won't be coming to your town and saying hi. If you try to call or email us, we won't be there.

We are tired. We are rethinking our lives. We are falling in love again. We are letting go of responsibilities. We are facing facts we've been ignoring. We, no, we are not fixing the world, not right now. All of our normal responsibilities (leadership work, web design business, coaching, consulting, etc, are being handled by competent individuals and teams -- this was part of the 9 months of preparation we just finished).

"What?" you say, "are you having a breakdown or gettin a divorce? Is this some kind of artists' mid life crisis?" Hmmm. No to #1 and #2 and "kind of" to the third, although really it's more like if burnout was a town we could see it's glow on the horizon before we whipped the car into reverse, found a crossroad and headed into the wilderness.

I'll miss writing, we'll miss you, but we will love the space. (And I pre-scheduled some fun posts, so check back). We'll see you on the other side, once we the paths turn into trails and the trails become lanes, and the lanes turn to gravel roads, the signposts begin to appear again and cell reception returns.

Post you later...

Silly in Sabbatical

Lots of serious stuff happens in sabbatical, but for some reason I'm stumbling into the silly.

This is the last day I will post for at long time -- probably about six months.

I did, however, prepare some posts ahead of time for you, so think twice before you drop me from your reader (or if you don't use a reader, check back from time to time) -- at least if you want to see what I THINK will happen over the next six months.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Watershed Reflections

The second book is finished and available. All you kickstarter people, it's coming -- we ordered a copy to make sure everything is good, and then we'll order and ship yours out. The rest of you, take a look. Hope you like it. Photos of the art, lyrics and photos of the process. Fun stuff.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Watershed Coursebook

The Watershed Coursebook is done and posted online. You can order it if you'd like. Those of you who get it as a reward for Kickstarting the project will be getting your copies once we get them and ship them to you (so it will be a while yet). It's exciting to be done with this.

A bit about this book: I wrote the coursebook as a way of 1. getting some of my thoughts about transition and growth on to paper, 2. using the lyrics of the Watershed album as a launching point for reflection, 3. giving people who want to dig deeper into some of the album's themes a way to do it, and 4. trying spiritual and personal growth together with the art and music of the Watershed Project.

This is the first time I've attempted anything like this, so it's exciting and scary. See what you think. I'm excited to find out -- six months from now -- if it is helpful to those who pick up a copy. I am, after all, headed into the wilderness... this FRIDAY!!!

The art and illustrations are by Christa and I. I wrote the text. The book is 7x9 inches, black and white, 114 pages. Please note that even though some of the photos show up in color in this preview, in the actual book THEY ARE ALL BLACK and WHITE. It's some strange glitch in the system. Just wanted to be clear.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Into the Wilderness

We finished our last two shows. Both the Illinois and the Indiana shows had some amazing moments. Hope to write more about them and post a couple pictures before we go off the grid and into the wilderness...