Greenlights. Matthew McConaughey. 2020.

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I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out it’s riddle for forty-two and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress,. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.

Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges - how to get relative with the inevitable - you can enjoy a state of success I call ‘catching greenlights ’.

So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote what you hold now: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is iffy years of my sights and seems, felts and figured-outs, cools and shameful. Graces, truths and beauties of brutality. Getting away with, getting caught and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.