“Ten years gone & you’re still turning me on.” HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY TRACIE P!

Scroll down for the song I wrote for Tracie for our 10th wedding anniversary: “Ten Years Gone (and You’re Still Turning Me On).”

Tracie and I were married 10 years ago today in La Jolla, California where I grew up.

Our first kiss and first dance happened back in August of 2008 in Austin, Texas (at the Continental Club, where else?) after we’d already been in touch through our blogs for many months and many emails and texts had been sent back and forth.

By February of 2009, we were engaged. I had asked her to marry me after my band played a show in LA. We drank Bruno Paillard in our hotel room that night.

On January 31, 2010, we got hitched. Tracie’s dad, the Reverend Branch, officiated.

We drank Bollinger rosé all night that night at our reception at Jaynes Gastropub, one of our favorite restaurants, owned by our close friends, in San Diego.

After our honeymoon in Italy (where else?), we settled into a little house we rented in Austin. Both of our girls were born in Austin (Georgia in 2011, Lila Jane in 2013) and we brought both of them home to that little house on the corner of Gro[o]ver and Alegria (streets have never been so aptly named!).

In early 2014, we moved to Houston where we rented and still live in a bigger house in a neighborhood that we love and a community where we have put down roots.

Georgia’s eight years old now and Lila Jane’s 6. Our house is always filled with lots of music and now a couple of chihuahuas, too.

We’re still as broke as the day we met (well, maybe not quite that broke) and we still struggle to get by. But we’re all happy, healthy, and doing things we love and enjoy.

And like I wrote in a song I wrote late last year for Tracie,

Even when the
sky is falling
I can hear your
Voice a calling
Telling me that I am loved
And I am alive
And I will survive
I’ll make it through
With you by my side

Tonight, Tra’s parents are coming into Houston to stay with the girls and we’re spending the night at a fancy hotel here in town and going out to one of the city’s fancy new restaurants.

Ten years gone and you’re still turning me on, Tracie P. I love you yesterday, today, and forever…

Happy anniversary! Ten years after and it’s still laughter and song.

I couldn’t have dreamed of a better partner in life, mother to our children, or sexier lover… I love you.

Every single day
I wanna hear you say
That you will be mine for real
Baby tell me now
Cause I’ve been wondering how
Time is ours to steal

Every single night
You always hold me tight
And you give me the loving I need
So Baby tell me now
Cause I’ve been wondering how
Lovers like us still believe

Ten years gone and you’re still turning me on
Ten years after and it’s still laughter and song
For so long and it still seems like yesterday
You still hadn’t looked my way

I’m a gonna betcha
That I’m a gonna getcha
To sing to this melody
Maybe it’s because
Like everybody does
We like to sing in harmony

Ten years gone and you’re still turning me on
Ten years after and it’s still laughter and song
For so long and it seems like yesterday
You still hadn’t looked my way

Ten years gone and you’re the only one
Come on pretty mamma, turn me on

And here’s another song I wrote for her a while back, one of my favorites, “Their Love Is Here to Stay.”

Wedding photography by Nichols Photographers.

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