I am but one of the many, lucky enough to have been BORN FREE. Not by choice, but by the grace of God. I often have counted my blessings on my many journeys, and thought about those who were not born so lucky. As I approach a new chapter in my life, more reflective, more aware of my surroundings and the struggles of people close and far, I realize I could better serve those in need if I could only SLOW MY ROLL and take some time to think about the things that are truly important in life. I can’t stop the suffering in this world, but I can try to be proactive, do what I can when opportunity arises to help, or at least just CARE. Sometimes the silence of a PURPLE SKY is so deafening it shuts out everything. It’s been said WHEN IT RAINS, it pours, like the loss of a job on Monday, mounting debt on Wednesday, family problems Friday. Sometimes all we can do is find an outlet in friends, family, music, parties, alcohol, and cut loose and scream, “GOD BLESS SATURDAY!” Why can’t we just get along? You’re not that far left, I’m not that far right, must we constantly COLLIDE? I’m sure if we sat down and talked about things we wouldn’t end up that far apart, but rather a comfortable distance where we all can be happy and pursue our dreams without all the extremism that exists these days. My hometown sure was FLYIN HIGH during the industrial revolution, we put the world on wheels, made ‘em sing and dance to our sound. The riots, white flight, mistreatment of workers, corporate greed, unions taking advantage, corruption, and education failures took their toll. But a new day has dawned. My hometown has heart, style and knows how to pick themselves up and dust themselves off when we’ve been kicked down. We understand it’s not only about where we’ve been, but also, more importantly, that it makes us who we are in TIMES LIKE THESE. Always be proud of who you are, where you come from and never forget your roots. I love life as much as I love all of you. God bless you and ROCK ON.
PS. Thank you to my family, friends and fans. I hope you have enjoyed this collection of ROCK BOTTOM BLUES, country, hip hop and soul. I enjoyed writing and recording it with the help of some friends and great musicians. I can honestly say I feel like I am in a great place musically and personally FOR THE FIRST TIME in a long time. I hope y’all are too. Be cool and Merry Christmas.