On this Thanksgiving morning, I wake and give thanks:
For all who have not lost hope in a world that often makes the effort of keeping it alive so very difficult.
For cheesesteaks and the many places that make them… really well!
For no longer living in a place ALL the time with places that make cheesesteaks REALLY WELL!
For the family of the 43 year old man whose liver I now claim as my own. We share a bond that is beyond understanding despite not knowing each other.
For all of the very talented friends and musicians who inspire and cause me to remember how powerful music is and can be.
For the Sixers, Eagles and Phillies for teaching me OVER and OVER again that the joy of sport is not ALWAYS in the winning. But now that I get it, WIN!
For all of the sponsors, teachers, parents, music volunteers and festival presenters who allow me the joy of sharing what I do and believe in me enough to have me come to do it.
For the pioneers and unsung heroes of civil and human rights who refused to stand down, run away or cower in the face of danger and tyranny…who made a way outta NO way! We owe you for showing us how it’s done now that we have to do it
For my family and loved ones for loving me through all of the years of being “somewhere else” on important dates. I’m trying to get that to be less the case.
For all of the children that I encounter who remind me that play, wisdom and wonder are not defined by age.
For my mother, Helen Harris, for making sure I saw, felt and heard things I didn’t want to see, hear or feel… but now treasure.
For my sister Marlene for not giving up on me when I was sick and for listening to me when it was her turn! Thanks to Peter for hanging in there.
For my teachers, mentors, inspirational leaders and friends who have said the right things and live lives of passion and purpose so I could follow your lead.
For Kim for working hard to show that we meant what we said and sang about though the years and for continuing to work together cooperatively with respect and joy.
For another year of joyful support and love from all of you for hearing and responding to my music, past, present and future. And for helping me to build this amazing community of love.
For all who love in the presence of hate so that hate is not the default in this challenging world. This is not a rehearsal. We are on the road together and we will overcome!