aaron thomas

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year my friends!  There were sure a lot of inspiration quotes on Instagram today.  And I am sappy enough to love every bit of them.  New beginnings and hopeful perspectives, wondering what this year holds and letting 2015 fly away.  Like this T.S. Elliot quote:  

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It really is a beautiful opportunity the let old things pass away and start afresh.  And let me say-  get your hopes up.  Expect good things!   Open your eyes, ears, and heart to the beauty of the present moment, focus on good things, remind yourself of what you are thankful for, and know that whether this year brings challenges or triumphs, it is a brilliant chance to grow and learn.  So much love and blessing on you and yours in 2016, from your friends Pilgrim.  

xoxo

 

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I'm writing this from a little market in Austin, TX. as I drink a kombucha and watch the cars pass on the other side of the window.  I set my drink down on a copy of the Austin Chronicle and smile while Lana Del Ray serenades me through little white ear buds.  My whole body is tingling with an aliveness and sense of victory that, if it were to break through the surface of my calm and publicly appropriate demeanor, would probably reveal itself as the most atrocious football style victory dance or at least high pitched screaming laughter.  Possibly both.  But it remains a buzz pulsating through each individual nerve, lighting up my insides.  I bask in the feeling as if it were a spiritual spa.  I bathe in each sensation with utter satisfaction.  The occasion?  We did it.  After months and months of literal blood, sweat and tears, there is a palpable sense that we've broken through.  A simple transition, as if walking through an invisible veil.  But I don't need my eyes to tell me I've made it.  We are staying in our renovated vintage airstream trailer in an rv park downtown Austin, in a beautiful and fun area.  The air conditioning is finally working in the trailer.  We're fully moved in.  This is our home.  And now, it feels like home.  We've painted, decorated, organized.  We've played a good number of house shows so far and they've been amazing.  All of the sudden everything feels right.  I know now that every time I decided not to give up, it was because I knew I'd get here eventually.  We closed our eyes and jumped into the arms of faith so many times.  We pushed ourselves to live with our hands wide open.  Giving, receiving, flowing, believing.  Believing in everything we hoped would hold weight.  And now, we are victorious.  We are airborne on the winds of love itself.  Even as I try and describe the circumstances that surround this breakthrough I realize that if you look at those alone you may miss what I trying to express to you.  It's deeper, the victory is actually unseen.  It's impossible to describe really.  It's about presence. It's about breathing in the fullness of life, over and over.  It's that I believed something I was told about life, and love, and dreams, and hope.  And it turned out to be true.  

Believe.  Not just in things you desire, but in LIFE.  Life is meant to be incredible and dynamic.  The challenges and victories are the riches.  The letting go is the portal.  The openness and the surrender are the keys.  Ask and you shall receive.  Ask for life.  Ask for the fullness.  Then believe, embrace what comes, and push for the breakthrough.  

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Behind The Scenes Recording Our EP "I Found You"

Here are some fun pics from our recording adventure... Enjoy <3 _MG_4279 As I've said before, we recorded in our basement apartment, so what you are seeing here is looking through the window (a window between rooms like in a recording studio) into the bedroom, where we are standing in front of our flipped up mattress.  This is, from left to right, my sister-in-law Andrea, my mom Victoria, my sister Menna, and me.  We are recording the choir parts for "Holy Ghost".  _MG_4287 These women are not just family, but all three are absolutely KILLER vocalists themselves, so we were cracking up most of the time, having fun pretending to be cocky about nailing all the parts first try... *brushes shoulders off* *then smiles and hopes you know I'm joking*_MG_4303

Look at those perfect vowels... my high school choir would be proud.

_MG_3528   _MG_3571 _MG_3559_MG_3543_MG_3579 Our producer, Kyle Burns, of the band Forever The Sickest Kids, in his lair of mad skills working his musical sorcery. _MG_3604 Aaron recording _MG_3629 _MG_3615 Stealing a break for sweet baby kisses <3 _MG_3663  _MG_6675 Our freakishly talented and accomplished friend, Zack Casebolt, recording violin on "I Found You" and "You For Me" _MG_6663_MG_6698 Kyle Burns displaying the appropriate nasty face one uses when listening to the sick jams he created. _MG_6689 _MG_6692 _MG_6708 So happy to be recording... _MG_6739 Breaking for lunch with some cool dudes. _MG_6875 Another insanely skilled wonderful friend of ours (so wonderful that he was Aaron's best man at our wedding), laying down some soulful western melodies on "Stop That Foolin Around" _MG_6877_MG_6880_MG_6887_MG_6864

Pilgrim "You For Me" Video | Happy Valentines Day

Once upon a time, after finishing my shift at the sushi restaurant where I worked as a hostess, I ran over to a little venue called 12th and Porter to say hi to a friend before going home to get off my feet after a long day. I rushed inside and found that I had missed the band, but I wasn't too concerned.  I said hi to my friend Pricilla and she immediately introduced me to a couple of fellas.  Conversation with one of them came quickly and easily and we were joking and bantering in a matter of moments.  My interested was piqued and my plans for the evening changed.  We talked until 3 in the morning. Five or so years later, he and I wrote this song together as we watched our daughter crawl across the floor after a toy.

Happy Valentines Day. Enjoy.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9AHPvzmkmk&w=560&h=315]

 

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