All I can say is thank you, from the depths of my core, thank you! At multiple points during the day I found that my face hurt from smiling, I could do nothing else but smile. After writing and recording an album and dreaming about the perfect day and event to release it, I found myself there living it out amidst so many wonderful friends on the land I call home, enjoying music, food, drink and conversation on a gorgeous afternoon. All I could do was smile and feel truly blessed and fulfilled. Thank you. I hope you all had a wonderful time and enjoyed every facet of the party. Those of you who stayed until the late hours know that we ended the celebration by lying on our backs on the ground, side by side, below the glowing moon listening to Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights" from his "Songbook" album. In the song he tells of traveling with his family from New Orleans out to the country to see the old folks. I love this 12 minute song, Toussaint tells a story where he so clearly depicts the scenery of the trip and shares of a threshold that is crossed where the peace, the quiet, and lifestyle in the country define the people and experience there. It felt like an appropriate way to end my celebration because everyone that came to the party traveled from somewhere, some from across the street, some from nearby cities, some even from California. Everyone gave me the privilege of having them step into my mountain world from somewhere else for an afternoon and gave me permission to be the guide through a program of handcrafted food and drink, homemade music, access to the land I call home, my songs and stories, and a new album that is very dear to me. Afterwards I hope you all feel you know me a little better. You are all a huge part of what I will always feel was one of the best days of my life. For this I cannot express and put earthly dimension to the gratitude that has overwhelmed me. I hope to see you all again soon.
With Love, Billy