Blessings SJF Family,
I am writing you from the Seattle Airport, sitting next to my 10 year old who is yawning but fighting sleep at the tail end of an 8 hour layover to Montego Bay. We are a party of 9, including 4 band members, a dear friend, and our four collective children. I can feel my heart start to squeeze in excitement as I let the craziness of my busy life slowly take a fade, and allow this moment - a small moment as I look at my Ovation guitar, all of our carry-on items, and all of us here in this waiting place - a moment that is slowly dawning on me. We are actually here.
We are excited to learn, grow, bond, play, and soak up the mystical and divine vibrations of roots reggae.
What we don't know is what this trip will produce for us - and we are all committed to the idea that it will be much more about the experience than the end product.
What we do know, as we wait to board in 28 minutes, is that when you make up your mind to do something, and walk toward it with unwavering faith, that LIFE will meet you where you said you would be, and support you in such magical ways. However you name this Mystical Force - God, Jah, Goddess, Allah, Buddha, Angels, The Universe, Great Spirit, Creator... no matter the name - this amazing energy of love and light will meet you wherever you said you would be. We are here in this airport despite every roadblock we could have let be the reason we didn't show up. We are here.
We will carry you with us, our dear friends, family, fans. We have found strength to keep the music alive because of your encouragement, your presence, your loyalty. We are beyond blessed to have such a tight family of fans, and we never forget your support and love, no matter what.
We have saved for these flights, accommodation, child care and food, studio time - largely by playing music. What an amazing thing to be able to say this. Also amazing, is that our trip is partly financially supported also by those of you who have reached out and donated to our project. As promised, we will send a personalized video shout out from the sunny streets and beaches of Jamaica to every person or group who donates to our new album. The list is beginning to grow, and we thank you so much for your contribution to our project.
If you would like to offer your support to us on this adventure, we will add you to our list of personalized video shout-outs. The clips will appear on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Some will also appear as well in our followup newsletters. We just want to express our appreciation to you in a way that is public, fun and light hearted. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please do let us know.
If you would like to contribute, please click on the link below to donate your specified amount.
Thank you, Blessings, And Wish us Luck!