27 August 2019
4 MAY 2020
What a time we are living through! I pray you all are safe and healthy.
Tanya and I closed on our house in Santa Fe on April 13 (under contract since before the pandemic hit) and have been holed up in Taos, NM in a little airbnb ever since (only people in-state can rent). Its been a nice, quiet, semi-safe respite in the midst of all the madness and we are grateful to have had that.
We were supposed to move to Nashville right after closing, as we have been planning to do for a year, but that plan was put on hold. Now after much deliberation and planning, we are indeed moving there on May 15. It's a crazy time to be moving cross country we know.
We have planned as safe of a trip as possible with two cars, a trailer, and a cat. No hotel, lots of hand sanitizer from the local distillery, hard-to-come-by disinfectant wipes (that we use sparingly) our hand made masks, and gloves. We've rented a nice, little house in East Nashville for the summer, then we will reassess again. (We gave up on the summer in Maine--our small island is struggling to maintain zero cases of COVID19--and has put in place strict measures for seasonal residents. We felt it necessary not to tax them even more.)
We are happy to be moving to our creative place, even though we know life is not the same in Nashville (or anywhere) as when I left it in March. Our friends are social distancing, as we all (or most of us) are. We will continue to follow safe practices there for as long as we must. But being energetically connected with the creative community that feeds both Tanya and me, we felt, was vital at this time. Eventually, we may end up back in Maine for our home base, who knows--but Nashville will always be part of our lives.
I am grateful for this month of respite, though it has not been without fear, tears, grief, and uncertainty. Still, Tanya and I are healthy. Our children and grandchildren are healthy. The expression "one day at a time", indeed, takes on a whole new meaning.
For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know I have been taking full advantage of being in Taos--biking and hiking along trails both in the high desert and in the mountains--with vistas going beyond what the eye can see and bluer skies than you can imagine. Again, I am truly privileged.
Me and my musician/artist friends and colleagues' careers are on hold. We are finding and will find new ways to stay relevant and creative. For the moment, I've committed to playing one song a day live (at 6PM MST) on Facebook. It gives me something each day to look forward to and helps me to remember what I do best. I'm going through different albums just randomly picking whatever song to sing that comes to me that day. I imagine I will be getting very deep into my catalog as time goes on.
For me, for where I am now in my life, it's about serving. How can I best serve with my own gifts and talents? I don't know the full answer to that question now. Of course, we all need to make a living. For some of us that is on hold too--as it is for many people now. There are no easy answers, no immediate resolutions. It is a new world. I see that many folks are starting or finishing long neglected or forgotten home projects. Mine right now (since I am not in my own home) is uploading my entire recording catalog onto my website for download. Since I don't have all of my digital servers with me, it's a challenge, but I am slowly doing it.
The new album release of "Walkin' Through This World" has been delayed indefinitely, though I did upload the songs onto Bandcamp for anyone who wishes to download/buy all or any of them. https://cidnybullens.bandcamp.com. They will also be on my website page soon. In addition, after I arrive in Nashville, I will be ordering physical copies to be sold. I will also be finishing a video shoot that I started in Nashville for the title track.
I send you all my love and wishes for your health and safety. If there is anything I can do to be of service to you, let me know.
With much gratitude,
MY ONE PERSON SHOW PRODUCTION SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: Not an ordinary life has had successful runs in LOS ANGELES (twice), NASHVILLE (twice), ALBUQUERQUE, NM, SANTA FE, NM (twice), MELBOURNE, FL, and PORTLAND, ME (three times). I also did a special performance of the show in NYC.
IF YOU HAVE A DESIRE TO BRING THE SHOW TO YOUR CITY OR TOWN, OR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and I'll give you the details.
You have to see this! It is an extraordinary story of an exceptional human being. What a story! What a life! What a fantastic show! "
Sir Elton John
IN OCTOBER, 2016 SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: Not an ordinary life. RECEIVED THE NASHVILLE SCENE'S 2016 BEST SOLO SHOW AWARD.
CLICK ON "SOMEWHERE BETWEEN:Not an ordinary life" TO READ ABOUT IT AND WATCH THE TRAILER.
CLICK HERE for an interview/ad for Alexander Watches that was filmed in June 2017.
Here is an interview I did about my show on WCSH Portland 207 show featuring my song "Gravity and Grace".
Here is a story on me on WGME TV Portland in 2016 before I premiered my one person show: