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Singing Round 365 – I Can’t Believe How Far We’ve Come

Okay, I wrote a round every single day for a year.  Some were terrible, some were easy, some were beautiful.  All were worth it.  I’ve never done anything every day for a year and I was curious to see what it could do for me.  Little did I know how important it was for me to have this project in my life.

Over the past year, I had this project to focus me as life swirled around me.

I changed careers,
my father was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had over 3 cranial surgeries,
my mother had a mental breakdown,
my sister had a child,
My relationship ended,
I moved,
I was commissioned by over 20 schools to write music for them,
I was commissioned 6 times by the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus to arrange music,
terrorists killed people in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad,
Serena Williams lost in the semi-finals of the US Open,
we celebrated,
we mourned,
I gained 15 lbs,
I lost 5 lbs,
I won,
I lost,
we won,
we lost.
I changed,
we changed.

It all blurs together when you begin to think about everything that happened.  At the end of a year, you can look back and just see change.  Change in your self.  I believe firmly now that that is a wonderful way to live your life: just make sure you are different and grown from the previous year.

I can safely say that I have improved in my life.  I have improved my writing skills, my editing skills, and my creativity.  I have improved at coping with life.  I can’t thank you all subscribers enough for watching me engage in this kind of life-long learning.  To do it publicly is humbling, but it kept me responsible and honest.

Moving forward, I don’t know what I’ll do with this project.  If I ever produce some sort of edited book version of this blog, you will all get a free copy, so stay tuned for any news on that front.  For now, I’m going to reflect and take a break.   I’ll be posting again soon.  I think I’ll write free custom rounds for people and post them here.

Enjoy my last round.  I really do love it a lot.  It reminds me that I have wings.  And that I’m ready to move on to bigger things.  And I love singing it.   Feel free to send me any and all feedback on the rounds you find here.  This project was such a blessing.

Thank you and, as always, sing on!  xoxo

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