I never could have guessed 3 years ago that when Hey, Soul Sister was written that it would have made the kind of impact that it has. We are still constantly playing shows all over the world at a crazy pace. It really has brought people together far beyond just gathering at a Train show. I am so grateful to have all of my “wants” granted to me from the universe.
The reason I bring this up is because I’ve begun writing for the next record. I mean I’m always writing and there are several songs that are really good and should be heard so far, but I began the process of entering the “creative zone” and getting together with people, hoping to have their magic rub off on me and vice versa. The Espionage guys(soul sister fame) were my first stop in NYC. New York is definitely where I do my best writing. Not sure why really. I suppose the city wants to work and so the energy is perfect. I always ask the city and the universe to lend me the message and the song, hoping to be a vehicle for something great that they want to give through what I do. We wrote 5 songs. I never know if they’re great songs while being in it, so I hope to re-hear then in a week or 2 to see what I(we) think. I asked a girl to sing on one of the tracks with me that is supposed to be a duet. Her name is Elle King. She is really great..great singer AND writer. Check her out for sure. The other songs are just me singing my little heart out.
One song made me cry while writing it. Its called Sing Together. It’s the song I want sung at my funeral….in a few hundred years. It hit me in a deep way to put myself there and want everyone there to just sing together and that would be the perfect way to celebrate one’s life, by coming together as the people that made you who you are to all sing together. Its kind of magical that way for me at our shows. What a gift!
Went to a party in the Bay Area last week and jammed with MC Hammer(awesome guy) and met Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. They’re great too. Demi is so nice and normal. Its cool to meet people you like from their work and find out that they’re worth rooting for.
Obviously, you guys are finding out about Train/Maroon 5 for some future shows. It’s going to be a really great tour. We have some amazing things to show you guys in a brand new way. Can’t wait.
In Vail now. Early day tomorrow. Heading to Kona and right back to NYC for some shows AND writing.
I’m attaching pics of Espen and Amund(Espionage) and also of Elle King.
Hope you’re all safe and happy.
Are definitely about character for me. I love all compliments and they really don’t ever go unappreciated, but when the real work is noticed! that’s the best. The other day I was paid an incredible compliment by someone I hugely respect. The greatest part is that the reason I admire him is because his character is the most wonderful I have known. So, for him to say kind things about my character was a real gift to me.
Of course I love that people love what I do and how they feel when I do what I do but I always think that we rarely get to see the truest versions of public figures. I always strive to be good at what I do. I completely respect anyone who is good at what they do. I really don’t care if you’re a currier or a business tycoon, if you’re good you got my love.
Man, great parenting! Whoo! That is hard to do. I’ve seen it. I’d love to say I’m in the group but I know better. Can’t be gone 80% of the time and expect to be considered great at something that powerful. I digress. Sorry. My point, simply, is that great character is what I long for beyond all other things. Its what I find more attractive, more beautiful and more difficult than all other worldly achievements. It ain’t if you got dough..it’s how’d ya get it and what do ya do with it. It’s not how many kids you have, it’s do they choose to be friends with you when they’re old enough to choose. It’s not anything really but how you play the game.
No one wants to win more than I do. In fact I had to stop playing chess because my days were being devoured by online 5 minute blitz games. Crazy. So, yea I really like winning. I like to have moments of acceptance. I love rewards. I’m very young in much of the thinking behind winning. I admit it does lack wisdom at times but it’s where I’m at. On the other hand, there is no joy in winning simply to watch someone lose or to behave like winning is everything. Nothing worse than a sore loser…except a poor winner. I want to win but I want all of us to win. Once we win, be grateful and look around. Congratulate yourself. Congratulate your team, your friends, your everyone. And also remember what it feels like to lose. The humility, the embarrassment, the let down, the loss of self worth. Imagine what you would like to be treated like by the “winner” and be THAT when you win. Be good at it. Be a good winner. It’s so beautiful.
I’m speaking to myself here, by the way. I need to constantly remind myself of the beauty in including everyone. Nobody is left out. We all win, even if you lose. Priceless wisdom comes from both experiences.
So, I hope my kids choose me as a friend. I hope that more people I admire find quality in me and what I am. I hope that we all celebrate the wins and losses with dignity and love. I hope that Japan heals. I hope that the world heals and that we learn that in the end the world WILL win. Let’s help her win and win right along with her in appreciating all that she has offered us. I hope that I learn to be more comfortable in my own skin when it comes to embracing others and looking at their flaws or weaknesses as something beautiful that I can learn from. I hope that everyone. In Latin America had a great time with us the past few weeks and I hope that you are all healthy and fully ready to take on spring then summer and tons of great life moments. I hope that you can feel the love I’m sending as you read this and I hope to see you all soon.