I Gotta Make it Home
Updated: Feb 14
Home. What is home? Where is home?
Home is where you are the most comfortable and can be yourself. I'm lucky enough to have a group of people I love, surround me, to give me the best version of home.
About 15 years ago, I didn't have a way to record anything, other than a flip phone. It wasn't until 2010, when we purchased a Sony (point and shoot) digital camera with video capability. That's what started the journey of recording. At an early age, I always had a Vivitar 35mm camera, so photos were always part of me. I enjoy trying to capture and re-recreate life's best moments with my closest friends and family and I don't think my style has changed much since then, even though the iphone and DSLR camera footage is better now.
For anyone who knows me, you know I'm always recording or photoing something....
I know I'm annoying to take anywhere because I stop every 2 minutes to snap a photo or record video. I apologize in advance, I just get so inspired by the moment.
I Gotta Make it Home is a collection of moments when we were traveling to you or going home, and sometimes, just hanging out. I have so much footage of random moments, I figured it was time to share some of them with you. I'm really glad I was able to stop time for a minute with you and look back on them today. You have changed my life and I could not ask for better friends. Hangin' out with you always feels like home.
To finish, let me say Thank You, to all of you who deal with me always carrying a camera, always pointing it in your face, always needing a battery charge, always stopping to change lenses, always asking you to stop, for waiting up for me, taking me on adventures, and always understanding. This one is for you!
All my best to you,
The Song Journey
December 24th, 1999, I sang a song to myself -
More than 20 years ago I was driving home from work in the snow. I remember this so clearly because it was Christmas Eve. With a girlfriend waiting on me at home with her son and our two dogs, I can say I was a little nervous driving in the snow after dark. I had already seen a few accidents on the road and the snow was falling hard enough that it was becoming harder to see.
I recall thinking to myself "I gotta make it home" and it went through my mind a hundred times. I began to sing the phrase out loud and humming it as I nervously drove home on a dangerous freeway. Unfortunately, that was the end of that little song. I thought, for a long time, it was only curated to get me home and help me take my mind off of the current situation.
I never had much desire to write the song because I didn't have much of a story to go with it. After being married to this very same woman for twenty years, three kids later, and all of the ups and downs we have been through, I finally have a story.
Needless to say, I made it home to my girlfriend (now wife), our son and our dogs. Christmas went on as planned and for several weeks, that turned into years, I tried to create a song from my special "get me home safe" jingle. Twenty years in the making and the song can now finally live. It's vague and to the point - all out, raw and general. Those that know us and have been around will understand, but it's general enough to connect with anybody
I truly hope you enjoy this song as much as I do - .......... twenty years is a long time to have a song living inside you and I'm happy to, not only set it free, but to share it with you.
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