Thank You

Hello, Trick-or-Treaters!

Yes, trick-or-treating can apply to all seasons. Right now the “treats” are candy canes and chestnuts and … Stollen. No, not thievery. Stollen is a Germanic sweet bread that makes this American grin quite broadly. There’s a German deli in Orange called Mattern that imports all sorts of German treats. Tasty treats. Johannesbeersaft, marzipan, lebkuchen. Ahhhhhhhh …

The “trick” involved in this season is one’s pants magically shrinking. So, logically, we ought to call it “trick-AND-treating” during this season.

But fun curvatures aside, I want to spend this blog thanking you.

I have received such encouraging, kind words from many of you in cards, emails, and social networking sites. I don’t always have time to respond to every facebook post, but I read them and I smile and I revel in learning a little bit about you. Thank you.

When I was interviewed by Stephen Fortner for Keyboard Magazine, he told me that four of you had written him letters, telling him he ought to check out my music. I’m sure you can guess how grateful and appreciative I am, but I’m still having many “Zoinks, Scoob!” moments.

When I write music, I try to focus on serving you. And as many of us experience in labor-intensive/creativity-intensive projects, sometimes I get discouraged and just plain tired. But when I hear from you and read how my music has affected you, it buoys me up and reminds me that it is YOU I’m serving.

So, I thank you. With trampolines in my feet and cheesecake in my heart, I thank you.

I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas!

For my Wiccan friends, I hope your Yule is warm and bright.

For my Jewish friends, I hope your Hanukkah earlier this month was peaceful and fulfilling.

For my friends of other faiths, I wish you happiness in your celebrations.

And for my fellow Christians, I share in the gratitude for the birth of our Savior.

An encouraging New Year to all!