Year By Year:

Some highlights — and lowlights — of a spiritual being having a human experience.

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✭ put a song circle under a highway (tinyurl / tuo22)
✭ read the entire bible
✭ spent one long night on the floor at Chicago MDW
✭ gave myself 52 haircuts
✭ lifted up 200 other creatives (instagram / songdoer)
✭ got a reply from Mark Cuban
✭ snuck my music on cassette into 30 thrift shops
✭ perfectly folded a fitted sheet
✭ finally saw my favorite artist live (tinyurl / tones22)
✭ slept at a hippie commune
✭ applied for five new Guinness World Record titles
✭ took motorcycle riding classes
✭ washed and wore 10 garments off city streets
✭ visited Jeff Buckley’s house
✭ found and visited Townes Van Zandt’s old farm
✭ started taking cold showers
✭ used sunblock for the first time in adulthood
✭ became a homeowner
✭ facilitated a sync placement on VH-1
✭ turned 40


 ✭ put a message in a bottle in the Cumberland river
 ✭ started EMDR therapy
 ✭ taught myself how to shave with a safety razor
 ✭ wrote letters to 8 inmates
 ✭ made tin can walkie talkies over the Cumberland
 ✭ co-wrote a song with 12 people
 ✭ won a songwriting contest (and lost 28 of them)
 ✭ invested 50k in cryptocurrency
 ✭ put 500 Song A Week stickers all over Nashville
 ✭ wrote a poem on a lamp post
 ✭ registered my publishing co. and got a BMI rep.
 ✭ got my first brain MRI
 ✭ wrote my five hundredth song and 100 others
 ✭ did 20,000 sit-ups
 ✭ recorded and released my second audiobook
 ✭ wrote a song with my Lyft driver
 ✭ saw my first fox, coyote, bear, and rattlesnake
 ✭ beat a breakthrough COVID case
 ✭ created a twenty four hour songwriting marathon
 ✭ got my first panic attack


 ✭ slept through a tornado
 ✭ wrote song #400 (and over 100 others)
 ✭ got zoom bombed
 ✭ landed a guitar endorsement deal
 ✭ got hit by a car
 ✭ beat UV activated plant phototoxicity
 ✭ recorded an audiobook
 ✭ usurped a co-write from Chris Gantry (sorry Chris!)
 ✭ walked through a drive thru
 ✭ saw Song A Week membership increase 80%
 ✭ insured my wrist watch
 ✭ bought a winning lotto ticket (now $4 richer)
 ✭ got a staff songwriting deal
 ✭ joined 3 hit songwriters in the round
 ✭ lost a friend to Covid-19
 ✭ sprained an ankle doing tornado relief work
 ✭ co-created a Battle of the Bands
 ✭ survived a pandemic
 ✭ texted over 2,000 random phone numbers
 ✭ walked over 2,000 miles


 ✭ renovated a recording studio
 ✭ caught salmonella
 ✭ wrote song # 300 (and 59 more)
 ✭ had a tattoo removed
 ✭ broke a lease after one week
 ✭ sang at a wedding
 ✭ attended a family funeral
 ✭ became a notary
 ✭ meditated for 4,100 minutes
 ✭ made 318 friends
 ✭ called DHS on a suspicious drone
 ✭ saw my first black widow
 ✭ played gig # 1,000 (and 42 more)
 ✭ learned 128 new songs
 ✭ hosted a live sports talk show
 ✭ was audited by the IRS
 ✭ earned a window office promotion
 ✭ tried a baptist church
 ✭ ate an extremely hot chicken sandwich
 ✭ got cussed out on a first date

2018 and the Before Times

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