August 18th 2009 10:49 pm

Good Stuff in the Pipeline

Even though life has been a bit difficult lately, I’m happy to say that there are some exciting things on the horizon that I’m really looking forward to. 

This weekend I’m going deep sea fishing with a few of my good buddies.  I’ve recently discovered that I really enjoy fishing, especially deep sea fishing.  It’s going to be a great guy’s getaway.  I can’t wait ’til Kai gets a bit older and I can take him too!

The next bit of news (and probably the news I’m most excited about) is that I will be sending my band’s third full length CD to press this week.  Even though the band hasn’t “officially” been together for years, we’ve been getting together here and there to be creative and have fun.  We ended up recording a full length CD in the process!  I think it is by far the best stuff we’ve ever done.  We spent all our creative energy on the songwriting and recording instead of preparing for live shows, so the final product has an increased level of maturity and professionalism over previous projects.  I don’t know what we’ll do with the CDs yet since the band isn’t performing live, but I’m excited about it anyways; even if they all sit in my garage for the next couple years. 😉  I’ll post some links to some samples of the music soon. 

Actually, the last song on Monica’s Memorial Slide Show is a song from the new CD.  In fact, the first day we started recording (almost 2 yars ago) was the day we got back her biopsy results.  We were all pretty upset, but she insisted that we continue recording.  The whole time she was sick she encouraged me to continue recording.  I always appreciated how supportive she was of my music.  She gave up a lot of time to allow me to write and record music while she took care of Kai and dealt with the chemo fatigue.  I consider the CD as a gift from her that she would not let me refuse.  I know she would be proud of it.

The last bit of news is that I bought an “All-You-Can-Jet” pass from Jet Blue for the month of September.  Jet Blue is currently having a promotion that for one price, you can fly as much as you want from Sept 8 – Oct 8.  Get ready, ’cause I’m planning on taking many of you up on offers to come visit you in your town!  I don’t have any definitive plans yet but I know I will be needing a lot of babysitters, so if anyone is available, let me know. 

Thanks for all the prayers of support and encouragement.  Last week’s low has been replaced with a bit of optimism for the near future, and I know that it has everything to do with your prayers.

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6 Responses to “Good Stuff in the Pipeline”

  1. RenaeTolbert on 19 Aug 2009 at 7:15 am #

    Hi Sol, I pray for you every single day. I am so glad you are having a better week! God is faithful. I can’t even imagine enduring what you’ve been through. My husband and I have moved back to Redding and he is working at Simpson again. I think of Monica every time I step foot on that campus. She is everywhere in my memory. I used to work in the cafeteria and I can still see her coming through the doors, with a smile EVERY time. (I was the gatekeeper who scanned meal cards) She always had a smile on her face! I know that she is smiling now as she sees the completion of your CD and of your new found interest in deep sea fishing. By the way, I want to purchase one of your CD’s. Bless you! I will never stop praying for you and Kai, not ever. In Him, Renae Tolbert

  2. CherylGregSimoneMarcus on 19 Aug 2009 at 9:34 am #

    I’m waiting for that CD my bro, because I just LOVE that last song! I think it won’t be sitting in your garage, word of mouth will get it out. Let’s just see what happens with it because considering the circumstances surrounding it, that CD will be a tribute to Monica.

    Too bad JetBlue doesn’t fly up here… You should check and see if you can fly up to Montreal to my folks… But I would want to be up there to show you around!

    I love deep see fishing too… especially when they bait the hook and take the fish off for me! 😀

    BTW, I have been enjoying getting to know your Mom… she reminds me of my own mom.

    I’m still praying for you and always will!!

    Love ya,
    Cheryl

  3. JJasper on 19 Aug 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Dear Sol,
    You don’t have to look far for a sitter for Kai. The joy this child brings us is amazing. Tonite he walked into Joseph room and said… “Joe Joe, Bob has ice cream! What are we doing in here”? To funny. He now has his own toothbrush and toothpaste in our bathroom, and a bag of tub toys. He comes in like he owns the place, and we love it, and him. Please don’t hesitate to ask us. All we want in return is may-be a C.D. : )
    Sincerely,
    Bob, Joannne, Robin & Joseph. oh and Shadow Monkey.

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  5. rico on 20 Aug 2009 at 1:27 am #

    The new music is awesome bro! I am stoked to get the cd.

  6. debbie on 21 Aug 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Sol
    So good to hear of the positive things in your life right now and that you are looking toward the future, such a great step!!
    The CD sounds awesome and what a tribute to Monica!! I know she would be so very proud of all of you! I bet you’lll be very surprised how fast they go, don’t think they’ll be collecting any dust in the garage!!
    Just know you and Kai remain in our prayers!
    Debbie Polk

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