I’ve been in this amazing city just shy of three months and the sheer genuineness of the people I’ve been meeting, is what I’m wanting share with you at this point. There is something special about the population here, that is being passed along to newcomers, such as me. Be it a long-time Austin resident, which I’ve been fortunate to meet several already. Or else the new residents of just a few years here—the people are sincere, with open hearts and without agenda. At least everyone I mention this to thus far; agrees with me wholeheartedly.
It is something I had not anticipated when I made my leap across the “pond” from Hawaii to Austin. It is amazing how in just a few short months here, I already have a handful of people I can reach out to, for either going out for a bite to eat or hear some live music. How great is that!?
I recently discovered Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson, whose latest album is getting a lot of airplay on the radio here. My favorite new station is Sun Radio, which has a fantastic music format and great community information too. They’ve been playing Lukas’ song “Forget About Georgia” a lot, which motivated me to buy the CD.
I’ll be going to hear Lukas tomorrow night at The Moody Theater, which is where the TV show, Austin City Limits, is broadcast. It is the longest running music series in television history. The show is sold out and doing a lot of good in the Austin community too via “Concerts 4 Austin Charities”.
Yet, I’ve digressed a bit here, since what I really wanted to share in relation to the title of this post, are the words to another one of Lukas Nelson’s songs from his recent CD, it’s entitled “Just Outside of Austin”. It is a melody that conveys how I feel about this ‘Second Chapter’, I’m on in my life.
Here are a few words from the song I’ve paraphrased, which share the sense of aloha, that Austin and its people have.
“And I’ll take a walk
I don’t know where
Just bathing in the sunshine in my life
Just outside of Austin…
The music of the water on the rocks
Is getting louder, as I walk towards whatever life may bring.
Just outside of Austin…”
Happy almost Valentine’s Day! May the sunshine in our lives, keep you warm as we continue toward the springtime that lies just around the corner.
Here’s a little video of my impressions the past month here in Austin. I hope you enjoy! And as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.
A hui ho’!