Reflecting on 2019

Overall, 2019 was a good year… I had a good balance between drumming and piano gigs, which I liked a lot. And, I acquired a new steady gig which is always good (helps to pay the bills, but my piano playing is reaching out to a new audience).

The one big trip was the Holy Land Tour which started in November 23rd and we got back on December 9th (almost 3 weeks). That was an epic tour that included the countries of Israel, Egypt and Jordan. We got to see one of the ancient wonders of the world… the Great Pyramid of Giza (and I got to go inside all the way to the King’s Chamber), and we got to see one of the modern wonders of the world… Petra!

The one thing that I got out of the trip was that the people are genuine and warm, although many are living in poverty and struggling. But I noticed a lot of well-to-do folks. But as far as what the media portrays these countries, we humans are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all are connected with smartphones and computers, and we all want to find some sort of success and prosperity in the world which we live in.

Anyway, I wish everyone happy holidays and also wishing everyone the very best in 2020… may you find much wealth, health and happiness along your journey.