California….

 

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        If that weren’t enough…..

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Or this…..

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You may or may not know that we have moved Oliver James’ headquarters to the West Coast. A big change, mileage-wise, but it’s not an entirely new locale. I lived here for over 30 years and while my time on the East Coast was well spent, I always had a hankering for the easy-going vibe and reliably temperate climate of the west. I didn’t name the album “Chasing the Sun” for nothing!

 

But beyond a fairly uncomplicated desire to go back to California, I have been thinking about what inspires people to make big changes like this in their lives. Some are obvious- new jobs, new love, new families. But some seem capricious, with no external motivator. I can relate, as I seem to have an internal wiring that requires me to start a new chapter about every decade, whether it be changing jobs, getting married, or starting a band, or relocating.

 

Some people find comfort in routine and regularity. It totally makes sense and I can see the value in being able to trust your stability. Most musicians do not, by necessity, fall into that category! For some of us, the thrill of embarking on new adventures, new projects, new challenges, delving into the unknown, is what keeps us going. It keeps life interesting.  In the words of Gail Sheehy, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”

 

Do you crave change or take comfort in familiarity?

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