January-March -- Around this time last year I decided that I would make songwriting my primary concern, my principal craft. This year I press on with that same mission. I am working on new songs to be released on my first full length album. I've also wanted to tour the Midwest for over a year now, so I've begun booking for a spring tour.
In November I moved to an apartment in Inwood (uptown Manhattan, just past Washington Heights) with one of the volunteers at Word Up books. He's allowing me to stay with him rent-free in exchange for fifteen hours of labor per week. I'll soon write more about this living scenario on the Matt 6:24 blog.
In order to make a living these next few months, I will continue to busk on the trains and do other odd jobs here and there. I am also still promoting the Zombie Music Campaign for peace and justice, which will help support my work and the efforts of five great non-profit organizations.
April-May -- Trinity Grace Church plans to launch a new parish in Washington Heights on Easter Day. I will do what I can in the mean time to support this effort. Shortly after the launch I plan to hit the road for my tour. I will be riding Megabus from A to B and I hope to stop at about 28 cities in the south and Midwest. I'll play shows, occupations, radio appearances - whatever I can get!
Traveling will allow me to sell more copies of Protest Songs and to workshop the songs intended for my new album. I will also spend some time on the road booking a North Carolina tour for the summer.
June-August -- I plan to move to a new apartment in June, along with other members of the TGC Heights church plant. It will be an intentional Christian community, practicing spiritual disciplines together, serving and showing hospitality to our neighbors, and supporting the infant Heights parish.
In late June, I hope to play at the Wild Goose Festival in rural North Carolina. If I'm not accepted to play, I will volunteer. Afterwards I will spend a couple weeks recording the new album in Burlington, NC, with my friend and colleague Zach Corsa of Lost Trail. He will co-produce the album with me and we are both very excited about the endeavor. During those two weeks I also hope to take evening trips to other NC cities to play some shows.
During these summer months I plan to take requests for volume II of the GioSafari At Your Request cover album project.
September-December -- I hope to start my second year of service with AmeriCorps at this time. I will also record the cover album during these fall months.
I recognize and accept that these initiatives may not turn out precisely as planned. But I'll do everything in my power to accomplish these goals throughout the year. Please stay abreast of my progress by tuning in to this here blog or following me on Twitter.
Thanks for your support, thoughts, encouragement, and prayer. It really helps to drive me ever-forward. Here's wishing you also a very happy, productive, and self-actualizing 2012!