November 26th, 2015

The joyful day!

Things to be thankful for, with some notes to preface each.

It's been a rough couple of years. Health problems, physical problems. I'm still running about 70%.

1. I'm still here and in a lot less pain, and getting around a lot better! I am determined to be on my feet for most of the Consonance show in March. I have a long ways to go, but I will get there!

There has been so much loss the last couple of years. It's the birthday today of a dear old friend who we lost a few years ago. Most importantly, I lost my father this year. Much of the last half of the year has been a fight with depression. I'm winning ... mostly.

2. I still have in my life the ever amazing Linda Robbins Coleman​, who has gone through so much, who I worry about so much. Still, she is stronger than most of us, she will prevail. And my brilliant brother, Wim Coleman​ and his wife Pat Perrin. We rarely see each other, but when we do, it's darn twisted.

One of the great truths, your kids grow up. You don't spend as much time with them as you would like.

3. Three brilliant children. Ian Coleman​, who looks at life in fascinating ways. So insightful, so brilliant. And, of course, a quick aside for his amazing girlfriend Katie May Stahr​. Watching her go from nervous teenager to strong young woman has been marvelous. She is such an amazing addition to this family.

Jared Coleman​, whose musical talent continues to astound. Watching his drive and determination has been an inspiration. There is music coming up from my band that he holds a large influence over.

Reilly Coleman​, my wise and intelligent youngest child. Your positivity makes me want to be a better person.

I am so proud of all three of you.

I lost the drums a few years ago, my hands just couldn't do it any more. It's been a fight to keep the strings going, but I am doing better than I ever have. One more mild problem to take care of and my hands should be clear of problems for the immediate future.

4. All the music and musicians in my life. So many people who I admire and look up to who seem, for some reason, to think of me as a peer. This has been an amazing, and difficult year. 31 shows. New places played and bunches of new people met. We're still having problems getting new people in in the places we have been before. Working on that.

I was so certain that I was going to spend the rest of my life alone. We see how that has worked out ...

5. The love of my life, the astounding Lizzie Crowe​. She pushes me as a person. She pushes me as a musician. She is my perfect partner. No one makes me think harder, laugh louder and feel better.

I am a bit of a misanthrope. Regardless of the big public persona, I am, by nature, an introvert. Many have a problem believing that.

6. All of the people who, despite my being a trifle difficult, still love me. Whether it's the small, tight circle (which gets larger all the time, I have more friends at this point in my life than ever), or all of the folks we know here and out on the road. You make my life better. You are so much of what I have to be thankful for,

This was originally posted on Dreamwidth, after which it wandered out to various other sites. Feel free to reply where ever you want. I should still see it.