June – Way Too Soon

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Ever show up to a party before everyone else?  That’s me, every time.  In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary defines “fashionably late” as “30 minutes after Josh shows up.”  Anyway, in a literal sense, this month’s song is about those awkward moments before the party starts.  When you’re a little nervous and you don’t know what to do.


Where’s everybody else?

In a not so literal sense, this month’s song is about something much, much bigger.  It’s about following your heart, and that can get you into all kinds of awkward and uncomfortable situations.  Following your heart gets you out of your safety zone and into a place where anything can happen, including really, really embarrassing things.

Fear of Embarrassment tries as hard as it can to hold us back from doing what we love.   It tries to scare us with horror stories and nightmares, regardless of how unlikely they are.  It moans and rattles and makes us nervous, but we must give Fear of Embarrassment a roundhouse kick to the face and do what we’ve got to do.

So go for it!  Say something to that cute girl at the party.  If you love singing, stand up in front of a crowd and sing a song.  If you love cooking, try that new recipe.  Or just try something completely new.  That’s the only way we can find and fulfill our passions.  When we do what we love, we almost always do the right thing.

Hooray!  The gang's all here!

Hooray! The gang’s all here!

Folks, we’ve made it halfway through my New Year’s resolution.  Can you believe it?  I can’t.  I thought it was doomed halfway through January.  And April was pretty rough, too.  But whenever I had my doubts, you, my friends and family, got me through them.  You listened to my songs, left encouraging comments and supported me all the way.  Thanks to you, I’ve stuck with my resolution and I couldn’t be more proud of the results.  Pat yourself on the back for helping me get so far.  I owe you one, big time.


This little guy is one of the many unsung heros of this whole operation. Thanks little guy for helping out!

NEW NEW NEW!!!!  Now, in addition to downloading the mp3, you can also download the chart (“chart” is cool cat music lingo for “simplified sheet music”).  You read that right!  You can hear the song while you’re jogging AND you can play it yourself! (But only if you bring your guitar/ukulele/mandolin/cello/lute/kweeca along for the run.)  So go ahead, download the chart and learn how to play it.  There are also charts for April and May.

23 thoughts on “June – Way Too Soon

  1. Barbara Kelley says:


    I LOVE it! Had heard from Alexia that she really enjoyed it so was happy when I saw your e-mail! Keep the tunes and lyrics coming, you are so very talented! Barbara

    1. Josh says:

      So glad to hear you like it! I’ll definitely keep at it.

  2. Aline says:

    Awesome! Love it! Hopefully we can find you some fun new instruments in Brazil for July’s song.
    See you soon 🙂

    1. Josh says:

      That would be super! I should do a little research before we go so I know what to look for.

  3. Josh, greetings from Sydney.
    My compliments this is a great piece . I love it.
    Well done Gunga-Din.
    Best wishes.
    Les & Dee Cassar

    1. Josh says:

      So glad to hear it!

  4. Yunjung says:

    What a lovely piece of music! Thank so much sharing it with me.

    1. Josh says:

      Hooray! Glad you like it.

  5. Fernanda says:

    Really nice song!! Can´t wait to meet you guys, and don´t worry about coming soon to the party, I won´t be too late! 😉

    1. Josh says:

      Fantastic! And it’s going to be an amazing party. I can’t wait.

  6. Fletcher says:

    Very sweet. Love the opening riffs. Congrats on keeping to your resolution. I know we are all enjoying them. Can’t wait until next month!!

  7. Alice Hinman says:

    love it, josh! love it love it love it!

    1. Josh says:

      Thanks so much, Alice!

  8. Amanda says:

    LOVE IT! The best yet! And I’ll be practicing that Chuck Norris roundhouse kick.

  9. Suzie Hosman says:

    Another fantastic song! Thanks for brightening my day.

    1. Josh says:

      Anytime! Glad you like it.

  10. William says:

    Another hit record! I feel like I can hear a bunch of the music you’ve been part of in the past inside of this. How about a dub-step remix to put on white label vinyl for the kids on ze continent?

    1. Josh says:

      It’s true. All that stuff is in there. I’ve learned so much from everyone I’ve played with, and that includes you.

  11. Randall says:

    great song – theme of the post was just as good!

  12. Nancy West says:

    When Geoff and I were relatively new to William and Mary, we went to a party way too soon. A day early.,,,, The hosts were happy to have us help them hang pictures.

    1. Josh says:

      That’s super cute! I’ve never been a day early. That must be a record.

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