Merry Christmas!

How did Mom and Dad get away with not having to wear bright red???

I can remember sitting next to the Christmas tree at Grandma’s house in San Jose, and plotting with my little brother, Nathan. We were rockin red sweaters and standing in the family room with Tiffany and Natalie Damigo and a few hand picked guests. The girls were weird, (I still think most girls are even 22 years later) but their dad seemed nice. My birth father and mother had been divorced a few years earlier, and living in Maine seemed like a distan dream. So on December 16th, 198something, my mom was married to Michael Damigo and a few months later, he’d adopt me and my brother and I’d have to learn how to correctly write “Damigo” on my homework.

I don’t remember what Nate and I were conspiring to do, but it’s one of my first memories of him. It’s funny that this is where I remember his life starting cause in pretty sure it started a precedent that would regularly reoccur throughout our lives.

A few years would pass, and Tiffany and Natalie, who are still weird, would regularly leave our home to visit their mom in Wisconsin and between December 15th and 18th, my family would celebrate Christmas. I was pretty stoked to get my presents a week and a half before all the other kids I knew, but it always left the real Christmas as an awkward cousin of what I thought the real Christmas was. I’m not sure why today’s date of December 16th stuck in my head, but it will continually be my “true” Christmas. Maybe I wait till the 25th to go home, finish shopping, read from the book of Luke and then read the “Night Before Christmas” story, and attend 40 Christmas services at Liberty Baptist Church, but I’m going to be doing all of that in my head today. (You may think I’m exaggerating about Liberty, but trust me, I’m not… And the worst part, you feel like an atheist when Pastor asks why you missed one of the sermons…)

So a very sincere, Merry Christmas to you guys! And remember, the gravitational pull of the sun and relative distance from our geographic location is the reason for seasons. (Get it??? No??? Okay, never mind….)

-j

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About Joshua Lodge

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses and clubs. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident Josh retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for "Best Acoustic" and "Best Local Recording," opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third EP, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Josh spent much of the year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his album I Will Be There out now on Randm Records. From the joyous encouragement of “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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