Easter has always been associated with death and rebirth, but it’s somehow strange to have it hit home. My father-in-law unexpectedly passed away early Good Friday morning, so these last few days have been heavy for our family. I wish this weekend could be all about Jesus’s rising and chocolate eggs and bunnies for the little ones. Lana is too little to grasp the concept of death and why she can’t see her beloved Opa anymore, though she absolutely knows something is just not right. We’re thankful we can be together and support one another, but any time you lose someone, you’re in for a rough ride. Still, Lana will get her chocolate egg and wear her little bunny ears. Kids need to be kids!
The last time I’d written to you, I had thought that the new project I’m involved in would be released around now and I could therefore tell you all about it. Ah, but the music industry is ever an elusive beast! Sooooo… the release has been pushed back to the first of August. Thus, it’ll be a while before I can go public with the news, but hopefully not too long! Next week, I have several video shootings, a photo shoot and all kinds of crazy stuff going on for said project. It’s exhilarating and a tiny bit overwhelming how things keep going with this. Like I said, though I’ve been in the biz for a long time, this is all pretty new to me, so it’s very exciting. Even if nothing really takes off, I’m absolutely grateful to be a part of something like this.
And in the mean time, I’ve been writing and recording up a storm for the new Trillium album! This one’s definitely got a life of its own; no Alloy knockoff in any way, which may intrigue some of you and may scare some – haha! But I am really happy with how things are going. We’ve got a very new lineup for this album than we had for Alloy, which helps contribute to that, but Sander and I are running the show. Yves Huts, formerly from Epica, is contributing a song co-write as is a good friend of mine from my hometown, the talented Ashley Peacock.
Now I need to go tend to my pot roast. It’s funny how in Germany and the Netherlands (at least where I’ve lived), people don’t make food and bring it to the family when someone has passed away. We Americans are crazy about cooking and baking and making sure that the family and their visitors have food and treats to help them through a tough time and also make less work and worry about shopping, cooking, cleaning up, etc. Besides, I love to cook and it’s a comfort to me, too. Yep, I’m crazy domestic like that! 😀
So, please enjoy your Easter. Eat some chocolate (or a coconut egg, if you hate chocolate like my crazy Dad does). Take a deep breath and tell a great story about someone you love. Be thankful for every second you’ve had with them.
Love & hugs,