“California, I’m coming home”
I’m up early, enjoying the solitude of the pre-dawn morning… That blessed time before the toddler wakes and our “real” day begins. I love these stolen moments, the spaces in between where you’ve been and where you’re supposed to be. It’s funny I’ve written so many songs in the most unexpected moments… While walking from one place to another, during transportation layovers, etc.
This morning, though, I reach out to you, since I am long overdue for an update.
My biggest news is that after ten years away, I am moving back to California, to the San Francisco Bay Area. With our departure immanent, I have been taking the time to really see and appreciate all that we’ll be leaving here in Brooklyn.
Foremost, I see how much I’ve come to love the people I’ve met here. Each one of you Brooklyn friends has affected me so deeply– what I care about, what I write about, how I mother my son. Amidst all the grave things going on right now in our world, you’ve helped me find my strength and my voice. I am stronger for my love of all of you.
I’ve also been noticing the beauty of the land here. My son is now two and a half, and with him as my co-explorer, I’ve gotten to spend every day in Prospect Park with its waterfalls, meadows, and hidden places.. How blessed we’ve been to ride our bike everywhere, and to watch the year unfold here. Honestly, I find the city so overwhelming, I don’t think I could have lasted here any other way.
At the same time as I notice these things, I am overjoyed, after so many years, to return to the place that’s always been home to me. My last album, Cascadia was, in some sense, a landscape of dreams, filled with sense impressions of places, real and imagined. But on another level, it was a simple love letter to wilderness. Wilderness as the holding place of spirit. And nowhere have I felt that more intensely than in the California wilds.
Right now it looks like we’ll be moving on June 15th. My partner is making a film this summer, so I’ll be flying solo, with one toddler, a music studio, two guitars and a cat. Wish me luck!
Californians, I can’t wait to see you!