I do have some concrete plans:
1. Record. In January, I'll be going into the studio to lay down tracks for my next album, which will include what I'm calling "the Ireland Set" (9 songs co-written at the Listening Room International Songwriting Retreat with 7 amazing European Songwriters). Maybe more...I'm still deciding on that. I have a lot of material from 2014. It was my most productive songwriting year to date. I'm recording, and we'll see how much I get accomplished.
2. Tour. I'm in San Diego at least one Sunday per month for the whole year, plus excursions to Florida, Arizona, Texas, Sweden, Germany, Salt Lake City, Denmark, the Pacific Northwest, and probably the Eastern Seaboard as well. I'm still looking at the calendar and keeping my eyes open for fun engagements. And I'm not going to drive more than 8 hours in a single day for a gig. No I won't. Not gonna do it. If you see me doing it...remind me I said I wouldn't do it!!!
3. Work. I have a contract job putting on a four-day festival to raise money for bird conservation. I plan to keep that moving right along, with all the other stuff I want to do. But I also hope to find an additional workplace with a small business owner who needs an extra hand here and there...because I like to get out and see people and move my body around. These kinds of jobs are hard to find, because most employers want to know when they can expect to see you. We'll see what happens. The last job I had like this was marvelously delightful, which I did not really expect at all.
4. Play. In my "very dark past" I have put my nose to the grindstone and worked long hours. I'm kinda done with that. I like to hang out with friends, try new things, explore silly stuff. I like adventures.
5. Rest. There is a time for reflection and rest as well, and I'm going to take it when I can get it. But not too much of it.
6. Develop. After attending many songwriting retreats, I've come to understand that they are not really work but they are not really play and they are not really rest either. They are sort of all of the above, and they are super productive for me as a writer. I can also have them anytime I want, if I create the space for them. I don't have to spend a lot of money or take a lot of classes at this point. I can jump on Skype with anyone I've written with, or anyone I want to write with and learn something new. I can pick up my guitar and randomly change the tuning and explore what it can do. These things are essential.
Other than that...well, anything can happen.
What is on your schedule for the new year?