I’ve got a single out called “Skeleton Crew.”

Written long before COVID-19, the lyrics really speak to this moment.

For now, it’s what they call a soft release.

A more proper release will come later when Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready puts the song out on his vinyl-only label.

100% of Bandcamp proceeds to Vashon Youth & Family Services.  The track is also available wherever you find digital music.

I’ve got the chronic fatigue.

I’m in year five of my run with chronic fatigue.  (Read my Healing Music post from October 2017 for the backstory.)

The illness is teaching me about letting go. And about surrender.

It’s teaching me to simplify.  And to slow down and just be. For an old workaholic like me, just being don’t come natural. It takes practice.

And so…

I’ve got the self-care thing going strong.

I meditate at least two hours a day.

I’m really into qigong and yoga.

These practices, along with a slew of other self-care methods are keeping me in a good headspace most of the time.

Occasionally, I freak out about not having the energy to do the things I want to do, but those episodes are becoming increasingly rare.

I’ve got a gig doing the music for a short film.

The plan is to shoot in 2021.

Fingers crossed that my health will be 100% by then. If not, the director has agreed to work with my energy limitations.

In the meantime, what a luxury to live with a script and let the ideas have time to germinate!

I’ve got creative momentum.

I work on songwriting every day. (I’ve committed to writing at least five days a week, but lately I’m just not taking days off.)

I’ve been writing on my own, and with my partner Elaine Summers. We’re gathering songs for my next album.

At the moment, we’re closing in on a few toe tappers. A bit of tempo, groove and levity should help to balance out all those mellow introspective songs already in the can.

I’ve got heaps of song ideas in various states of undress in need of attention and craftsmanship.

And so…

I’ve got no time for the social medias.

I like the analog life. I’m trying to stay off screens as much as possible.

I’ve been on a social media fast since late 2017.  While I’ve lifted it briefly a few times, at the moment I’m enjoying total abstinence.

I’m overdue for a full-on digital sabbatical where I stay off of email and the internet completely.

I’ve got to find a way to wrap this up.

How about I leave you with a short list of what I’m digging lately?

Warren Pash has released an amazing journey of single called “Adson Quare.”

Mike Campbell caught lightening in a bottle—yet again—with his new single “Lockdown.”

Chuck Prophet has released some singles in advance of his forthcoming long player. I’m particularly fond of “High as Johnny Thunders.”

I’m reading Paul Zollo. I recently finished the updated edition of Conversations with Tom Petty, and I’m currently savoring Songwriters on Songwriting. In-depth interviews with songwriters about process? Yes, please!

I’m devouring the Derek Sivers Podcast. I like the way the man thinks. Fun fact: Derek Sivers invented the “NOW” page. I thought it was a cool idea. Hence, this page.

Finally, I listen to a ton of Gil Fronsdal. Gil is a dharma teacher at the Insight Meditation Center. Even if you are not drawn to the Buddhist thing, I encourage you to check him out at audiodharma.org.

I paired Gil’s talk, “Meditation in the age of COVID-19” with a piece of ambient music HERE.

Speaking of meditation, it’s time for me to head to the meditation station.

Peace & Love,

Pete Droge
Vashon Island, Washington