It’s always been about the journey. I suppose that’s all we have in life. Every new accomplishment, every destination, leads us looking to the next. And deeper than our winding path through life is a fundamental and oftentimes tumultuous journey of the soul — not even in a religious sense of the word. We are searching for who we are, searching for happiness, searching for meaning.
I wrote this song when I was living in Chicago, working with an amazing group of teenagers who continue to inspire me to this day. At the time, we started a community theater group for the teens. They named themselves Amigos del Barrio. They still live up to the name. I have never known a group of people more dedicated to being good to their community, and for their community, for no other reason than that’s what you ought to do. These kids — now adults, leaders — are everything I’ve ever wanted to be in life.
I recorded this song while recovering from a severe asthma attack that left my chest hurting for days. I needed to sing, needed to heal from stress with the power of music, and I have long since needed to record this song, so I did. I thought about going back and shooting for a clearer sound, better pitch, but… part of my life journey is to let go the siren song of perfectionism, and instead place my heart where their is meaning.
The photos attached are images I’ve taken over the past decade in my life’s winding path… Chicago, Hawai’i, Fiji, Sāmoa, and Tuvalu. These rare captured moments of the rawness of our world, the splendor and the smallness of our place in it. I hope you enjoy.