Over the past two years I have invested tirelessly in a dream I had. Something I’m certain I was called to do, and something I enjoyed through the extreme highs and even lower lows. I’ve met friends I would never have imagined I’d have the pleasure of meeting, I’ve traveled and seen things I would never have seen otherwise. The past two years pouring myself into Carielle has been an incredible experience.
And I say that with a heavy heart, as my time with Carielle is running out.
As we go to release Sonder, I’m glad I get to spend my last show with you all celebrating something that we as a band are so proud of. I for one am incredibly proud of the music we created for this record, and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to play it on tour this past summer.
And just to clear this up, I’m not leaving because of any relational issues, or because I’m getting married or anything. In having thought through it, and more importantly prayed through it a LOT, I decided this was the best for myself as well as for Carielle. I was offered a promotion at work and just seemed like the right time.
That all being said, I’d like to invite you all to join us at the Sonder album release party at the Pyramid Scheme on November 15. This will be my last show, and I’d like nothing more than to say goodbye surrounded by all of the people that have grown so important and dear to me.
Thank you for all the support you’ve shown myself and Carielle as a whole. I’ve been blessed to have been a part of something like this.
Sometimes in order to answer the difficult questions, the perfect setting is required. So, Here I am. Sitting here at a local coffee shop in my hometown, drinking a pour over made by Cody Flowers, my best friend of the past 6 years. I brought a few books to dive into, most of which are commentaries or reflections on the leather bound book that rests in my lap, worn and covered in ink. I’ve never been good at fiction. I was worn out of it when my favorite author began writing too similar of novels while I was in high school, or something like that. Anyway, that is the picture from which this painting is derived from. This is our setting: a coffee shop, a few good books, one great, and a decent cup of coffee.
For the past three years of my life, I have been blessed to be apart of the musical venture known as Carielle. It is a journey that, for me, started my senior year of high school, while I was still a punk kid, wearing ‘V-neck shoes’ and turning in math homework covered in lyrics and chord charts. Through out these years I’ve been blessed to be able to get to know people from various places, and play in front of crowds that I had only dreamed about in years prior. Some of my greatest friends and mentors have been placed along my path as a result. As a result, it is with difficulty, but peace, to write to you and acknowledge that my time with Carielle has come to it’s final chapter.
Following the end of the year, I will be leaving Carielle to return to school and finish my degree in Youth Ministry. It is a decision that has come with much wrestling on my end, but in admitting my need to move on, I have felt nothing but peace and excitement for this next journey. By no means is music finished with me, (Take into account Subject A: Kid turns in homework covered in music), but my time with Carielle is closing. The friendships and conversations I have been able to experience as a result of Carielle, will always remain with me, and I’d love to keep in touch with you, by any means, if you’d like.
So as I sit here, slightly disappointed in the fact that my coffee has turned cold and the cup is almost dry, I’d like to invite you to this next chapter of my life. Stay in touch, whether it’s as a friend or in the tunes I might occasionally drop here and there. And please, come out as Carielle celebrates it’s record release on November 15th. It will be my last official show with my dear friends, and I would love to share it with all of you.