It has been quite a turbulent past month and I thought it was time to fill you in on all of the craziness that is now our life. Our lives have taken quite a twist. To say our future will look different is an understatement. This is truly not where I saw my life going this year – or ever for that matter!
I don’t know how much you know about how I started on this music journey. I have had the passion to create music since my late teens when I started writing songs. Early on I recorded demo tapes, made trips to Nashville, even landed a publishing contract. At the same time, my desire for a family burned equally as strong. I knew a career in music wasn’t conducive to being the kind of dad I wanted to be, so I let that passion fade and devoted myself to being a family man.
At the time, I was working in the family business. We manufactured helicopter windows of all things. Teri joined me there after our kids started to school and life rocked along on this path that seemed to be firmly set in stone. That is until 2005 when this passion to make music burst forth again. We decided I should record my first album project, more just for fun and to give me a creative outlet than with any idea that I would switch careers and pursue music full time.
In 2006, however, the stresses of the family business finally took a toll on me. Manufacturing is a very stressful business in and of itself, but then when you factor in family dynamics, the pressures became a detriment to my health. I walked away from a twenty-five year career to preserve my sanity and my family. I actually write about this at length in my book if you want more of this story.
The first album, Slow Down, was finished at about that time and we devoted all of our energies to a career in music. It has been quite a journey – six albums to date with one more in the works, several music video projects, a live concert DVD, a book. Over the past fourteen years, we have had a blast expressing our creative selves, meeting new life-long fans and friends along the way. And I have really found myself on this journey, evolving into the man I think I was supposed to be.
Fast forward to 2020. When my father passed in 2015, my mother assumed the title of president. Earlier this year, at 85, we started seeing signs that my mother was slowing down. Totally to be expected for someone at her age. And as of last week, she decided it was time to retire. I have been named the new president of the family business, Tech-Tool Plastics.
So what does this mean for Teri and I? While we have no plans to relocate to Texas, we will be traveling back and forth between there and Virginia a lot over the coming year. As with every management change, there is a lot of work to be done to move the company into the future I see for it. It will take a considerable amount of energies from both Teri and I, as well as my sister and her husband who have joined the management team to accomplish all that lies ahead.
Am I excited about this change in my life? To be totally truthful, I don’t really know how I feel. There is a lot of emotional turmoil with returning to the company in this role. I never thought I would ever be a part of the company again, nor did I think I ever wanted to. However, we have some very amazing employees, many of whom I worked with all of those years ago. I am connected to them, like they are family to me. They have devoted their lives to making our company successful and I feel an obligation to stand beside them as we carry the company into the future.
What about the music? Well, I’m not really sure about that either. We have been working on new songs that I hope to share before the end of the year. But truthfully, we are so overwhelmed by the amount of work before us, we honestly have no energy left to devote to actively creating or promoting the music, as evidenced by my lack of being present on social media over the past few weeks.
We will have to take this new journey one day at a time. We don’t want to lose touch with all of the fans and friends we’ve made through the years. So please reach out to us periodically and let us know how you are doing, either via email or my social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
In the meantime, please stay safe, be healthy and get out to vote!!