It's been almost a year since my last post here. A lot has changed, not only in my life but in this country. I'm not writing to update about all the things I've done in the past year, I'll save that for another time. But the events of yesterday have left me with a heavy heart and I can't help but to take a moment to reflect.
Just over a week ago, I returned from my trip to Italy. A place I've dreamed of going for as long as I can remember. I was surrounded by family and loved ones and felt so far removed from the craziness of not only this country, but the world. It was a little bit of heaven, and certainly a trip I will never forget. But the high from Italy didn't last long as the events of yesterday quickly reminded me of the realities of the world we live in.
Music has always been my life. It's the one thing that has lifted me and and at the same time kept me grounded. There's nothing like it. I worked in the industry for a long time. I've seen thousands of shows and met probably even more people. My heart breaks not only for the attendees of the concert, but also the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to make these concerts happen. This should be a place of happiness and love, not fear and hate. And on top of the tragic events in Las Vegas, we lost one of the great ambassadors of music. I man who believed that music should be just those things. There was no one like Tom Petty. And any time I hear him it immediately brings me back to my childhood and remembering that feeling of coming into my own.
I don't have all the answers, and anyone who says they do is probably just lying. Yes, we need gun reform in this county. Yes, we have a narcissistic, incompetent fuckhead as a president. But beyond the obvious discussions that need to take place, the events of yesterday just serve as a reminder to tell the people you love just how much you love them. Life is short. Never take anyone or anything for granted.