The Jews have it right. Early Fall, and September in particular, really is the start of the new year, no matter what the secular, common calendar may say.
Chalk it up to the back to school displays hawking their shiny! New! Everythings! Or maybe it’s the way my own personal time is marked in September with both my wedding anniversary and my birthday. It could be the dramatic way in which the landscape changes – leaves turning brilliant colors, trees that were full one day showing nothing but bare branches the next.
No matter why, this month usually works out better for me than January does for starting new intentions, creating new habits and making positive changes. School starts, bringing its routine and sense of order to the day. It’s easier to get back into the habit of going for a walk on days when I don’t have to drop Abby at school, or heading to the gym on days when I do. I start planning meals better (if not always better meals) and am back in the routine of heading to the grocery store. Weekends are once again dominated by Girl Scouts and piano lessons at one end and Church at the other, with fun stuff in between.
This is also the time of year I find myself looking for a little something new. Probably it’s years of birthday wishing, but I find myself paying attention to the crap emails that come in from the catalog companies. I read my friends’ blogs extra carefully, looking for new recipes to try or crafts to create. I imagine myself with enough free time to watch all of the new fall TV shows that look so funny in their promos.
I’m also on the lookout for new music, and this year, I had a great album fall into my lap. Grooving Forward: Volume 1 is collection produced by my good friends Jake and Ethan and their new production company Tribal Mischief. They’ve compiled an awesome set of songs from a varied group of musicians to support the SAMFund Andrea Collier Memorial Award. Andrea was a fabulous singer-songwriter who died entirely too young. The SAMFund exists to help young adult cancer survivors. All-in-all this is a fabulous cause and great reason to buy the album regardless.
That being said, these tunes rock! It’s really, truly a good record (well, digital download) featuring a wide array of artists, including my own personal, very favorite folkies, Pesky J. Nixon. There’s even a track on here by Marc Cohn. The songs range from melancholy, “I’d like to curl up with a cup of tea and watch the leaves change while contemplating life” to rocking and rolling, get you out of your chair and dancing stuff.
So go download the album. It’s $10. Consider an early New Year’s present. (Less early if you’re Jewish.)
To get the album go to http://groovingforward.bandcamp.com/
To find out more about the SamFund go to http://www.thesamfund.org
This is not a paid endorsement or anything, but I did get a free copy of the album so I could tell people about it. I totally would have bought it anyway. It really is awesome, and I thought that thought all on my own. This should satisfy the FTC.