It has been quite the year for you! It has been for me, too, but that's not the point of this post. :-)
Please know that I have been quietly rooting for you as you ventured into the political arena, and I was sorry to hear you did not win a seat in Congress. Those of us who have followed your life since 2003 know you would have made an excellent elected representative. You aren't "just" a singer, as some say. You are a committed, informed, bright, wise and deeply human man with integrity in spades. As you said yourself, your efforts aren't over and you will remain active in politics, endeavouring to win a seat in the future. This can only be good news for politics in the USA.
Today, I hope you are enjoying a relaxing day, surrounded by loved ones and receiving lots of love and affection. And of course, with music - always music!
Happy birthday, Clay!