RoadNotes #1 Welcome to RoadNotes
And welcome to my new website and RoadNotes blog! I’ll start off by wishing each of you a Happy/Merry HanukkahChristmasFestivusKwanzaMilad-un-Nabi (BPUH) or whatever it is that you’re celebrating this time of year, as well as a good slide into a peaceful and prosperous 2016.
As many of your already know, I made a major life change in 2015, leaving my academic career of 25+ years and returning to a life of itinerant bardism. On July 1, I said goodbye to the American University in Cairo after a wonderful and productive 12 years there. I am now splitting my time between Los Angeles and Berlin.
How did this come about? Well, I just woke up one morning about four years ago and wrote in my journal what had been in the back of my mind since the untimely death of my musical bro Francis Serafini: I want to play as much music as I can until it’s time to head down the road to the unknown. It took a while to get to this point, but here I am, and a happy am it is!
My new full-time music life started off with a bang. I played my first ever Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma this past summer, which was a true consciousness altering experience. Woody remains for me a major influence and inspiration even 48 years after his passing. My WoodyFest appearance was followed by a terrific fall tour through eastern Germany with my duo partner Ron Randolf, as well as some great gigs with Wayne Grajeda. I’ve also started a new band in Berlin, tentatively called Melvin Touché and the Tom Toms, with long-time pal Tommy Goldschmidt (percussion) and newer pal Ralf ‘Trotter’ Schmidt (bass). More about all of this later.
Most importantly, I recently broke through a seven year writers’ block, so look for lots of new songs in the future as well as a new record. I’m now writing every day and collaborating with other writers, including my long-time writing partner John Vaughan.
The new website, robertwilliamsmusic.com, is the result of collaboration with some very talented friends: web designer Wendy Vissar, journalist Jeffrey Fleishman (the bio), translator and head Beatles dude Joachim Noske, and photographers Rusty Muns, Guy Zahler, and Rutger Huijgens. From the website you’ll be able to find out where I’ll be performing and keep up with my musical adventures.
That’s it for now. One of my main New Year’s resolutions will be to keep the blog current, so more soon.