In a week I return to my homeland for the New Zealand release of Four-Letter Words, and after such a full journey since first meeting with producers Lee and Rich in April last year, I can’t say how excited I am to be able to start sharing the music.  At the same time, this anticipation is tempered by the sadness of knowing that I’ll be returning home to a country facing the rebuilding of one of its major cities after the February earthquake.

Of course, it’s by no means the only recent instance of turmoil we’ve seen, with the devastation in Japan and war in Libya dominating the news these days, after a startling string of uprisings through North Africa and the Middle East as people attempt to claim their freedom.  There’s no denying that we’re in a turbulent period, and at this point, it feels less and less like these mass events are isolated and happening to unlucky people around the world, and more like the whole world is experiencing it so some degree.  I don’t know if it’s just because I’m in New York, where everyone seems to be constantly swept up in the pace and intensity of life, but it really looks like the world is changing at an accelerated pace and getting ever more chaotic as it challenges us to shift.

It seems to me that the disasters are just the most visible and shocking level of the huge shifts and challenges that are affecting all our lives, and I find myself noticing the earthquakes and revolutions taking place in my own life, albeit on a much smaller and less horrific scale.  I feel the shaking of my own foundations while things that I’ve been holding onto crumble and I’m forced to let go of my old ways or shift how I relate to an area.  And I feel the push for freedom and the revolutions vying to gain a foothold within me, while the oppression of my fear and resistance fight to preserve the status quo.  I don’t know if you feel it too, but the world is so small now, and the pressure for change so great, that I can’t help but think that we’re all part of this turmoil whether we like it or not, and each of us is being forced to change more rapidly than ever.  Despite the tragedies and shocks of our world, hopefully we can all ride the wave and somehow enjoy this adventure that seems only to be intensifying.

Well, it’s been a busy past few months, and now’s the time I’ve been working toward – the April 4th New Zealand release of Four-Letter Words. The Liberate Your Love music video is released this week, and second single A Four-Letter Word is scheduled for release very soon…and then, back to the US to share the music over here!  I’m so grateful to be able to make music and share it.  Thank you for making it possible, thank you for listening.

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