2014: A Year in Review
January 8, 2015
I know everyone says this but it feels like 2014 sped by faster than any other year in my life with my documentary Walking Proof winning an IMA and screening at HFF, the inception of my upcoming The Reimagining EP, the release of my S.A.D. music video, my performance live at Edgefest, receiving over 100 submissions from around the world for This Song Is Not for You‘s music video, songwriting like crazy, and the launch of my new podcast Bridge The Atlantic, not to mention all the press I did to promote everything.
Since I didn’t blog as much as I’d have liked to in 2014 (something I plan to change this year), there were a few major events that happened in my life that I never got a chance to write about so let me bring you up to speed now. For starters, I’m going to be a daddy… again! My wife Chelsea and I found out last summer but waited a while before we shared the news with everyone. The baby is due in March and it’s another little boy. We have a name picked out but you’ll have to wait until he’s born to find out!
Over a year ago when I was on tour in Canada, I was doing the whole solo thing on stage and thought it would be cool to record stripped down versions of my songs and release them on an EP called The Reimagining. In November, I hit the studio to start recording and finalized three of the mixes in December. I’m still sporadically working on the EP while also writing new song ideas so I’m not sure when it will come out but it will definitely be this year. If you guys dig it, I may do another one in the future.
Being a dad means that I get all sentimental every time there’s a milestone for my kid. Back in September, we celebrated Skyler’s second birthday with our friends and family. I know this is what every parent says but I really can’t believe how much he’s grown in such a short amount of time. He has the sweetest personality with a bit of my stubbornness and loves to make people laugh. Chels and Sky are my best friends in the entire world and I can’t wait to have another little bugger join the craziness soon.
Halloween was really fun this time around. We spent Sky’s first Halloween at the hospital because he was sick with a cold that turned into a six-month battle with Pertussis so that wasn’t fun. We then took him out trick-or-treating with my sister and her kids the following year but he was way too young to appreciate it and he couldn’t eat any of the candy anyway for many reasons. So, in short, he had a great Halloween this year at home giving out teeth-decaying candy-bars to the neighbourhood kids.
Chelsea spent 2014 studying to get her Masters in Psychology and even started practicing as a Psychotherapist. She still has another six months to go and a new baby to deliver before she’s officially a Psychologist. She is such a hardworking, dedicated, beautiful person and I am so unbelievably proud of her. This has allowed me to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Sky this past year which has been amazing. I want him to have fond memories of his early years spent with his dad because I never did.
I know I’ve become that guy that doesn’t shut up about his kid but he is so important to me and I can’t help but talk about him with all of you. I plan to start sharing more of what’s going on in all avenues of my life, not just musically, so come by often to catch up with little old me (and I say “old” because I’m turning 30 this year!) I feel refreshed and optimistic about this year and intend to release new music and other fun stuff so stay in touch and say hi any time on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Much love. <3