New Year’s Day is great. It’s a fresh start to a new year. Except for the morning after. That’s leftovers from last year. Hopefully it won’t last too long into the new year. This past New Year’s Day, the first day of 2010, was quite interesting for me. I had decided to move halfway across the country to California and pursue a new job only 3 months earlier. I was still rehabbing from a major injury and the surgeries that followed it. I still wasn’t sure if I had made the right decision. I was sure loving the weather, but most of my friends and family were back in Chicago.

I crawled, slowly, out of bed around 2:00 PM. It may sound like I slept in but that’s actually early compared to the New Year’s Days of years past. I made my way from my bed to the couch in the living room. My roommate was already out there watching TV. He mentioned that a program on HD Net had played several of the music videos the two of us had worked on (he directed, I produced).

We sat there together, watching five of our music videos play in a rotation that also featured Modest Mouse, Chickenfoot (Joe Satriani, members of Van Halen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and an all-star tribute song for Haiti. Granted, it’s not MTV or any Billboard Chart topping band, but it was something. It was a sign that things may just work out after all. We felt like we’d officially accomplished something. It was a great New Year’s Day. Yes, even despite the headache.

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