I know I’m a blatant self-promoter when it comes to my book (Kindle version only .99 cents – click here: Alchemy) but other than that, you’ll rarely hear me tooting my own horn (well, there was that one time at Band Camp…) But anyway, one thing I am proud of is my ability to stick to a decision or plan. Once I make up my mind to do something, it usually gets done – and generally, when I say I’m NOT going to do something, I don’t. Some things are harder to stick to than others, but for the most part, I follow through on my threats and keep my promises.
Which is why I’m so excited about Memorial Day. You see, about four years ago, I “discovered” Michael Franti and Spearhead – I know, for “real” fans of the band, I was about ten years late – but I did buy the album months before “Say Hey (I Love You)” became a hit, if that helps boost my cred. All I know is, I spent the end of the summer of 2008 listening to “All Rebel Rockers’ pretty much non-stop. It was the perfect summer soundtrack – ideal for both riding to the beach and relaxing on the sand – a little rock, little reggae, some rap, R&B, it was all there.
Of course, with anything that good, you want more, and my first instinct was to buy up their entire back catalogue – but – here’s where that persistence paid off. Rather than let myself overload on Spearhead music, I limited myself to one CD a summer. So every Memorial Day, for the past three years, I’ve been going to iTunes and downloading my seasonal fix.
I spent 2009 grooving to “Yell Fire,” which is currently my favorite album. 2010 brought a FestivaLink live album – but only because the new album at the time, “Sound of Sunshine” was not scheduled for release until July, and I just couldn’t wait that long. But in a few weeks, I can finally listen to it. I’ve been so good, I haven’t even sampled any of the songs, so even though it’s over a year old, it’ll be all new to me.
I’m sure there’s lots of lessons to be learned from this: good things come to those who wait, everything in moderation, sometimes you should put off until tomorrow what you can do today…But the real thing to take from this is this: get thee to iTunes and buy you some Franti.