By: Ken Boone
It’s February 2009, and I’m shoveling what seemed like 30 feet of snow from my driveway in Greater Rochester, NY. I had quit making New Year’s Resolutions years ago, but I made one more: To move south. I had picked out the house I wanted to buy. It’s been my house for almost 10 years now but that’s a story for another day.
It was over 20 years since I touched a piano, sang a note, wrote a song, yet I called myself a musician. In reality, I was an accountant and retired youth baseball coach. My one saving grace was that I became a die-hard fan of the music of Steely Dan! It’s complicated stuff, but got easier when I heard the gospel elements hiding out in the chords.
Since I’m hoping that this will become a weekly conversation, let me take my time and start from the beginning. I was born in NYC and raised by folks from the South, and constantly looking for a slower pace of life. The picture that accompanies this blog is the center of my new hometown. Because a lot of people see moving to NYC as the final landing spot for their hopes and dreams, it makes my wishes a little “bass-ackwards”. As I got older, and hopefully wiser, I realized that a number of people’s wishes aligned with mine. And I’m not just talking about retirees. Actually, I was late to the party.
Almost 40 years ago, my biological brother made the move from NYC to Philadelphia while I was still wishing I was somewhere other than my small apartment with a parking space a quarter mile from my front door.
"The cityscape is nice, but the seascape is priceless!" – Parris Gunn, Sr.
That’s a quote I got from my “other big brother”, who made the move from the Bronx, NY to Spring Hill, FL about 30 years ago. That move turned out well for him, his wife Laverne, and children.
Back to February 2009, I don’t know if it was the final snow storm, music beginning to ooze out of my pores, or stumbling upon an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters, where the young couple was deciding between three beautiful and insanely inexpensive homes in Charlotte, NC. Whatever the prompt, I told myself that “I’m outta here”! And I did… eventually!
Now here I am. I have my own fledgling production company, through which I’ve produced a gospel CD and four different podcast shows. And as for accounting, I still put debits on the left and credits on the right, and I get paid for it too! While it’s a noble profession, accounting is my alternative to “would you like fries with that?”
What I’m trying to say here is to dream it, plan it, then do it. That’s how us procrastinators get off the dime.
Fast forward to February 2010, I met the girl of my dreams. I’ll be quoting her through this and upcoming blogs. If you like what she says, you can listen to her podcast, “ISO Search & Healing w/Celia Boone”. I have the honor of producing the show, and I learn something everyday by just hitting the “record” button.
I want to leave you with what she told me when I lamented over taking some long to come down to beautiful Huntersville, NC:
“That’s ok, you got here as soon as you could!” – Celia Waller Boone
Take care, and I’ll be back next week!
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About the Author
As owner of the Descant Music & Media Group, Ken is a creator and producer of several podcast shows. He is also a music producer, as well as a writer and an accountant for small businesses and nonprofits.