Every year i reflect on the people, the moments, and the opportunities I’m thankful for. This is always my favorite post. Sometimes in day to day life it’s easy to forget how lucky you are, and writing out this list of thankyous helps put everything back in perspective.
Melanie. My go to for everything. Not just my soulmate, but the best teammate a musician can ask for. She puts up with so much and carries whatever portion of the load that I can’t handle. She’s at the open mics coiling cables and running sound, she’s downstairs keeping the dogs quiet and watching TV with headphones in while I record upstairs. She’s there when I’m exhausted or frustrated because things don’t sound the way I heard them in my head, and she’s ready to re-center me when I need it. If you appreciate my sanity then you appreciate her, because without her I would have lost it a long time ago.
My grandparents always support me on anything I do. Always asking me how music is going and about the open mics, always interested in where I’m playing next and how last weeks show was. Not to mention that they played a large rule in raising me. I owe a lot to them.
My family: My dad, Missy, Miley, Shane, Kate. You guys always make me feel special and I love each of you.
Josh, my right hand man in the studio. Lately he’s been helping to keep me grounded as a work on a major project. He ads a lot to the music and deserves to be recognized. Joshs talent in music and dealing with a frustrated soul such as myself is nearly unparalleled.
I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given to be part of the local music scene. At the beginning of this year I was hosting shows at the Keynote Cafe which was like my musical home. It closed at the bed of June and I began hosting an open mic at Bella Terra Vineyards. I’m thankful for Jay, his family, and the staff at BTV for giving me a chance at hosting at such a beautiful place. I’m thankful for every musician that’s ever been on our mic and everyone who fills the seats, and for the kind words I’ve gotten from so many of you, musicians and spectators alike.
And I’m thankful for my mom. Even though she’s no longer with us I learned so much from her. My attitude of “there is no trying, only doing” comes largely from her. There’s nothing you could do to stop her if she wanted something done. She didn’t rely on anyone else. She kicked ass first and asked questions second. Sometimes that got her into trouble, but DAMN did she get shit done. I’ve always admired that and have tried to make that a part of my personality more and more. Mom, you sculpted me into a strong person. I appreciate that and I miss you dearly. I know you’d be proud of how far I’ve come, and of course I won’t be stopping anytime soon. There’s only doing.
If I didn’t write you down here, but you’ve been here for me, shown your support in one way or another, know I’m thankful for you as well. If I explicitly mentioned everyone I’d be here for days. I love you all, thank you for being you.
I want to see each and every one of you soon
With love, Brad Abbott.