Well, it's a good thing I didn't make a New Year's resolution to write more blog entries this year.
I actually mulled over setting one for about a week into January, but I just couldn't make up my mind. Every draft resolution was to accomplish something that I thought I ought to, but it didn't exactly follow my heart, if you follow the cliche.
So this is a resolution-free year. Instead, I'm just going to try harder -- to make my days a little more productive, my year a little more creative, and my free hours at home a little less beholden to mindless websurfing and gameplaying.
December ended better than expected, with a couple of concert experiences that recharged my emotional and mental batteries. Carbon Leaf played the Lincoln and owned the joint, playing a new song called "The War was in Color" which connected me with a grandfather I never knew. Strong stuff. A week later, Seven Nations finally returned to North Carolina with a rousing pub show at Tir na nOg -- a long-needed chance to throw my head back and sing at the top of my lungs.
After a number of months of being disconnected from live music, finding that communal experience again was beyond refreshing. But it's not something I need to resolve to continue. I just need to do it. That's how I'm going to try to handle 2006. It's not about making promises at the start of the year; it's about making a practice of the healthy, the productive, and the positive.