I reached the plateau and felt a gentle, momentary peace. Then, with the deepest of breaths, I looked up to survey the climb that was to come.
Yesterday was a good day. I went in to work, like any other day, and stood at the service counter of the Nashville Mac Authority. In the dead spells, when all of my work is caught up and no customers are waiting in line, I have time to check my email and wander the wonderous world wide web.
In the morning, I got my first bit of good news. My Rockethub project, the way we’ve found to finance my first solo album, had notified me that my account had been fueled. I checked the link, and my good friend Jordan Bennett and his wife Jessica had put in some money for me. They weren’t the only ones, either! Deanie Mullins, a woman I met in Arkansas on a gig with country artist Royal Wade Kimes, had also made a contribution.
At this point in the day, I was getting quite excited! We are so close, we’re going to make our goal!
After a short while, I felt my phone buzzing in my pocket. A quick glance – it was my cousin Joel. I’ll call him back on my lunch break. When is my lunch break? What is that scent coming from the other room… chicken? Fries? God, I’m getting hungry…
Quickly, another thought came into my head. Joel and I are notorious for our phone tagging skills (cause that’s how we roll, dawg), and having been at his wedding a mere month ago, it seemed odd that he’d be calling me now. Following my suspicions, I checked on the status of my Rockethub campaign.
Standing there, at the service counter at work, I put my hands on my head and allowed myself to be overwhelmed. So many feelings ran through my tiny brain…. relief, excitement, gratitude, hunger… well, maybe the hunger was still in my stomach, that’s up for debate among top men. Top Men.
After a few phone calls, text messages, and chicken sandwiches, I began to think about how when one chapter ends, another begins. The fundraising campaign may have come to a close, but its purpose was to charge me with adventure.
Now begins the real work, the work of making an album. The work of defining myself as a new artist.
I feel like I’ve been waiting for this my whole life, I feel ready. The kicker is, because of this successful Rockethub Campaign, because of the generosity of my friends and family and the grace of God, I know that I have the strength and support to do it.
Stay tuned for updates as the album unfolds! Our first official day of tracking is November 19th.