In the annals of Thom history this may well be remembered as the year that I (re)found myself. It in many ways has been a breakthrough year for me and I’m so floored by it that I’m choosing to blog about it before Christmas is wrapped up with.
Let us take a moment to see where I am with things:
OFF SSDI Completely. I owe them a bit for an overpayment but whatevs. Those are the breaks.
In love. This is a big one. During a production I was acting and stage managing for I fell for one of the actors I had previously worked with. Sparks flew and we just celebrated our first Christmas together under the same roof. He fills my soul with mirth and my heart with unparalleled joy.
Re-ignited my passion for being a Metalhead and diversified somewhat as a listener. Saw three shows this year. One was a bunch of bands at the brass mug with the Koroidia guys playing and the other two were Napalm Death/ Voivod and DRI. In spite of wishing I made it to more, these three shows made my year. Particularly DRI, in no small part due to my buddy Damien and I getting to hang out with Harald Oimoen.
Speaking of whom, I just ordered his book ‘Murder in The Front Row’ which is all about the Bay area Thrash explosion. Words can not describe my excitement level. All I gotta do now is take it to the next DRI show and get it signed for the win.
As far as diversification of my listening pallette I’ve come to a far greater appreciation of stoner/sludge rock and psychedelic rock which utilizes more punkish touches and accents. Jex Thoth, I’m looking at you.
Anyhow, this year hasn’t been without angst or heartbreak, but it has been a pretty damned good year. I am feeling alive, rejuvenated and ready for war.
Happy Holidays to all!