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Date: Fri 18 Oct, 2002 at 00:26
Headline: Quo Vadimus
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Greetings & Salutations!

"I am what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man, and I have failed much more than I have succeeded. Whenever I fail, I gather my people together and I ask 'where are we going?', and it starts to get better."

-Calvin Trager, SportsNight: Quo Vadimus

At this time last year, everything was falling apart.

I may not have admitted it publicly at the time -- hell, I may not have even conciously realized it -- but it was a bad scene indeed. My life, my health, my relationships with the people around me, and especially the future of this (or any) musical project...all in dire straits. I won't bother dragging you folks through the self-indulgent blues jam of it all, as those of you who know me already heard it the first time around, and I doubt anyone else would be terribly interested.

When I blustered on this page back in January that 2002 was going to be an extraordinary year in every way possible, it was mostly a lot of bravado and wishful thinking...giving myself a pep talk, essentially. I had no idea just how prophetic a statement it would turn out to be. Be careful what you wish for, I suppose. This has been a year of reckoning, to be sure. So much has happened, so much has changed, in all of the aforementioned areas...not all for the better, mind you, but certainly for the more interesting, and sometimes that's as much as one can hope to receive.

The reason I mention all of this is that right now I have never been happier to be doing what I do as a musician, and I mean that from the heart of my bottom. I just got back from dinner with the SONS, where we set in concrete the first truly solid plans for (.....drumroll please.....) the recording of a NEW CD! We chose the tracks, set the timetable, laid out the budget, and are presently trying to decide between two different studios. As soon as that choice is made, the wheels will officially be set in motion.

In the journey of 1000 miles, this is something like step #4, but it's enough....and will definitely make things more interesting.

Can I get an "Amen"?

your humble correspondent
Thom Bowers