This is the first year that I can recall not watching the infamous ball drop on New Years. I was certainly awake long into the waking hours of 2013, but for some reason, the lowering of a giant, glittering spectacle in the heart of Times Square seemed unappealing in comparison to the depths of the conversation my husband and I shared. For a fleeting moment, I worried that missing this ritual would suffer some sort of emptiness, but then I came back to our conversation and realized this was of much greater importance. In all of the many resolutions I have made, keeping myself in the present moment is likely both the most significant and yet difficult to honor.
I’m not giving up though. Even as I contact venues and festivals about future shows we hope to play. Even as I scold myself for not practicing the banjo yet (yes… another resolution!). Even as I look at myself in the mirror each night before going to bed and find yet ANOTHER gray hair. Even now as I write you, dear listener and at the same moment reflect upon what 2012 has meant for the Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends project.
What a year it was! Many memories, gigs and a few new tunes, and through everything that passed in 2012, I couldn’t be more grateful for where we are now and excited for what is to come yet in 2013….. Resolution #3- record a full-length album. You’d better believe this is the year for it. I’ve been scheming long enough and figured out it’s really true: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Time to make some history. This hair’s only getting grayer.
So, it’s now or never.
Speaking of resolution #1, thank you, dear listener for listening. If you’re still there, I’d love to know what is in-store for you in this new beginning. Before signing off to help Steven with dinner, I’ve got some pics from one of our favorite high lights of 2012: Awendaw Green. We look forward to a return trip in June.