Looking at the world through leaf colored glasses (Congrats Obama!)

leafy-eye.jpgphoto by Joshographry I cried last night and I'm not ashamed to admit it. This is the first candidate I've ever given money to. The first candidate I've believed in. I was so proud to be a part of this election and what it means to be alive in such an exciting time. There's a lot of tough work ahead and I can't be deluded into thinking that it's going to be easy. We have a cultural divide in this country that I see everyday through all my travels. Yet for some reason I am still an optimist and I still see the world for what it can be as opposed to what it can't. Maybe I have a leaf over my eye but I see the good in people. I don't just hang out in blue states no sir no way. Why just last week I was in North Dakota and I met some some great people who were there to hear music and were willing to take a chance and buy some of my cds. I was in Kentucky, another red state and I went to a high school where my friend Tom Flannery teaches and I played for some of his students. We all shared our love of music and they had the wide eyed excitement of high schoolers just starting their own bands. They spoke of buying cool instruments and writing songs and performing with a passion that I still have and that I recognize in others. I zipped across the border to Ohio for a fun show in a state that finally voted blue! Then in a beautiful old theater with people huddled together listening to stories I was allowed to be a freak on stage and have a push up contest and read strange texts. I loved traveling through Mississippi and eating soul food and watching and listening and learning. And now today as I wake up and peruse the news and look at pictures of our 44th President of the United States of America, I see a beautiful face full of hope, intellectual curiosity and a willingness to listen to others and I can only feel joy, wonder and amazement. I would like to send my congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama fom all of us at Poltz.com. We're proud of you and excited for the next 4 years. We're ready to go to work and do something to make this country and the world a better place. Cheers! Steve Poltz