I don’t think that I have ever had an amazing New Years. They are all either something I don’t want to/can't remember, pretty mellow, or there have even been a few that were just non existant or might as well have been. Every Dec 31st I have made it a habit to talk about the past year and try to have a little perspective on the past 364 days. Every year but this one. Screw this one. 2016 proved to be without a shadow of a doubt the worst year of my and a lot of other peoples lives. We lost some amazing and inspiring people that I wouldn’t be the person I am without (looking at you Prince, Lemmy, Bowie... I’m sure you guys are having a hell of a time deciding who headlines the afterparty…), and it seemed the year as a whole was hardship after hardship- or at least it was for me. Honestly I have had some shit luck and bad times in my life but man this year decided to take it to another level. 

And I guess that is why I am writing this now. Bad times make you appreciate the good ones that much more. They either kill you or you come out stronger, and while this may be a little more hopeful sounding and sunny than I am currently feeling, the truth is the fact that I am even writing this is proof of it. I am still here. We are all still here. For whatever reason, we’re still around and are able to do anything we can to make sure that 2017 doesn’t suck nearly as bad as its predecessor. God damnit, there’s that perspective I said I wasn’t going to have… 

So with that in mind I want you to prepare to hear from me this year. Like a lot. I have been a busy boy writing up a storm and trying anything I can think of to be in your presence and it has been paying off. Truth is, I miss you all, I need you, and I can’t wait to see you. I have had some times, and I have some things I want to say about them- none more important than this: I. AM. STILL. FUCKING. HERE. 

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Watch me. 

I’m coming for you 2017. Brace yourselves…

Much love

© Jared McCloud 2017