For artists, the outlets that we choose to express ourselves through are very much a part of who we are. In a very real sense, when we create we are giving birth to something that no one else has experienced. These creations can come from the deepest emotions or sometimes just random thoughts, and through them we are giving something of ourselves away each time. To me, music has always been about the journey that we take as we listen. Regardless of genre or style, the best music is the kind that is sincere and honest, for better or worse; the kind that comes from the soul and is able to be communicated in a way that lets the listener know that this is the true artist, with no fronts or facades.
For friends - friends are a blessing that no one should take for granted. As an artist, I find that the music I make is only as good as the relationships that I have with others. It's all connected! Music can give inspiration, but not before the artist is inspired by something first. Life is inspiration; friends are a part of life. Artists are connected to friends, and the artist provides a connection into the unseen and unexplored. Thus we come back to the journey, and the new discoveries, and follow the path to discoveries that have yet to be revealed.
I offer a sincere thanks to all of you; you contribute in so many ways!