This photo was taken at Lake Pukaki on the west side of New Zealand's stunning South Island where I was lucky enough to go camping last month. Even when I write songs about my friends, my family, or the comforts of home, it's frequently the wonder of travel that helps to fuel my inspirations and alter the perspectives and attitudes I have surrounding my daily life. Whether intentional or not, travelling outside of my city, state, and country (or hemisphere, in this case) provides new sights, emotions, and ideas that refill my mental reservoir. Whenever I return home from a trip, I tend to feel an immediate creative boost.
I am always, in some form or another, working on material for a future release, but as is often the case in the rapidly changing months of Spring and Autumn, I feel hastened by the speed of life to step up my game. New songs are being written and recorded. See this photo as a sort of "album under construction" badge and know that even if you haven't heard from me in a while, you will, in fact be hearing from me.