Well, as I pour my heart and soul into my work, for TV and online, once in a while a burst of joy in other areas, the best kind - unexpected.
For example, I had no idea that Toto was still at it, and has a brand new album out, called "Falling in Between." Their "Seventh One" album from '88, I had on CASETTE (remember those?) and almost wore out, that band of "studio musicians" has always been a favorite.
And Paul Simon has a new one, too, called "Surprise" - and it will be, no cuts were available at Amazon, which kindly informed me by e-mail of the album's existence.
And noodling around Amazon, found Chicago XXX is out. I grew up with that band, and while not every song is hit material, I'm a loyal, true-blue fan, for the history and all they've meant to so many over the years.
So they're all on the way, and I'll share one thought: These musicians, still at the height of their creativity, tell this newly 50-year-old journalist to keep on rockin' at the news;-)
Nothing makes me smile as much as good music from old friends -- well, except maybe beating everyone else in town to a good story;-)