I have a songwriter friend who has a wicked sense of humor and every time I give him a compliment, he says to me “It’s a gift. I don’t like to talk about it much.” Makes me laugh every time.

I am on the bus with Kenny and the band and can’t sleep a wink. It’s 7:26 a.m. and since I’ve finally come to the resolution that sleeping just isn’t gonna happen for me today, I decided to stop having false hope and go ahead and get up. If I can’t sleep, I might as well blog about what’s going on in my head right now.

I am thinking about my friend, Tony Haselden’s witty response and realize that those words have never been more true. I am a private person so I don’t always talk or write about what’s going on with me but now seems like an appropriate time.

It’s September 11th and I’m on a bus with Gary Burr and Kenny Loggins heading to Reno, NV for a show tonight. The sun just came up and I’m staring at the beautiful mountains and landscape in my bus window and can’t help but reflect on what a gift I have been given by being on this bus and in this band.

I am alive and breathing. I have come through some hard times and will continue to, but right now, I am living in the moment and the moment tells me to be very grateful. Every day of this tour, we pull up to a new hotel, hit a new stage and sing in front of people I’ve never met before. After the show, I get to meet some of them and am blown away with how many of them have stories about how our music relates to their lives and somehow helps them through a little bit. I can’t think of a more noble cause to sing and write music than to make someone’s day a little better by doing that.

Some people come up to our cd table and tell us how they have followed Kenny for the last 30 or even 40 years or so and how his music has been a part of their lives ever since they can remember. I can only hope to have a career as illustrious as that. But by being on this tour, I have been given the chance to connect with people on a level that only music can accomplish. And Kenny and Gary have given me that by inviting me into this amazing project.

And that is the gift. And the reason I can’t sleep tonight.