Winding Down The Days

Hey Friends and Neighbors.. Hope this post finds you all doing well, enjoying Spring and the wonderful weather it brings!  Today I was able to actually get outside here in Boston without a jacket on! (First time this year).  It's so lovely to be seeing flowers in bloom and enjoying some beautiful sunshine!  Even with the good spirit that Spring seems to bring along I must say, it's been a crazy week here in college land.  It's the end of the semester, so it goes without saying that stress is also in the air as final tests and projects are becoming due.  But - we only have about a week left!

As I've mentioned before it's my last semester here at Berklee, and I must admit that it is a little bittersweet.  I can't start to explain how excited I am to move back to Tennessee and to really get focused on my career.  At the same time, I will certainly miss being here in Boston where I've made many wonderful friends.  I've learned so much in my time here at Berklee.  Even with all the touring I've been doing these past couple of years, I still feel that I've grown so very much and I am so grateful that the school gave me this special opportunity.  I will never forget this experience and I can't wait to come back and visit this great city in the future!  I've had a couple of weeks off with the band, which has been nice, but I really started thinking tonight about how much I am dying to get back out on the road!  These days, 3 weeks off is a LONG time.  It has certainly been nice to get a little break from the ruggedness of the road.  Since I've had a couple weekends in Boston, I've made a point to hang with friends, visit some churches, and I even got to do some sight seeing (something I hadn't done since being here).  Brad Paul, from Rounder and his wife and sons took me out for a fun day on the Freedom Trail.  It was SO cold out that we nearly froze to death, but hey - at least I can say I went on the Freedom Trail now! :)

This Friday, I am thrilled to say that my roommate and I are going to see the Red Sox play!  Since living up here I haven't had time to go see a game.  It will be a great way to top off my last weekend in Bean-town.  We have awesome seats thanks to Bill Nowlin at Rounder!  This weekend I also get to spend boxing up my stuff and getting it ready to ship to Nashville.  Unfortunately, I will miss my graduation ceremony because we will be on the road next weekend, BUT, Roger Brown (Berklee President) has been so kind as to work something out that will allow me to be part of the commencement ceremony next year! (More news to come as it gets closer!)

Anyways, I do hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter.  I particularly thought this year about how lovely it is to celebrate that day.  Even without being able to be with my family this year, I still found myself very thankful to remember the true meaning of Easter.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of my friends down south who have experienced such devastating weather and those in Alabama who have lost loved ones as a result.

Thanks as always for reading!