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What I'm Thankful for in 2014

I think that gratitude is an essential part of a good life. If you don't appreciate the people, places, and things that make up your life, you don't have much motivation do anything. I feel the weight of gratitude every day. Many times a day I think of how fortunate I am to be where I am, and how so much of that is due to other people. I can't write that post every day, but I think I can get away with it on Thanksgiving.

I'm most thankful for my family and friends. The two categories of people are intertwined because I feel like I'm best friends with many of my family members, and that many of my friends are so close they may as well be family. Genetics make clear lines, but in real life they're one big group of people I love.

I traveled with a lot of friends this year, and I'm particularly grateful for that. Sharing my favorite places around the world and discovering new ones with friends are among my favorite things in the world. I'm very fortunate to be able to do a lot of that.

I made only a few new friends this year, but I feel like I became closer with a lot of friends, often as a result of traveling together.

" The Unraveling "

On Where Pianos Roam

So, it's about time that I unveiled the cover of my debut album .  .  .  . The artwork is actually an original drawing of mine that I did back about 2001.  It really was meant to be just a practice sketch for a bigger piece and a whole series of drawings, but I liked it so much that it became its own art piece.  It's called "The Unraveling".   It even comes with a poem that I might someday share.  Otherwise, I think it does quite well standing on its own. Last year, I was sitting in my bedroom wondering what in the world the album cover would look like.  I already had an old photograph in mind until I happened to look up at my wall.  There it was staring right at me.  This old sketch I had done so many years ago was beckoning to me.  It's wispy lines done in charcoal and pastel reeling me in.  I was hooked, and it was decided.  This would be the face of my debut album.  Given the themes upon which this album would be built, It just felt so right. As I was writing this, my niece banged heavily on my door.  I just let her in and picked her up.  She fell asleep in my arms instantly.  I'm having trouble even typing this.  She is so precious, and she's draped herself all over me.  These moments are magical. I guess I have to go.  Be well my friends. -g

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