I had almost overlooked this one, but it's cool in it's simplicity.
"There is a stage rain takes that plane, lands over the runway in a town that takes slow, slow, slow, slow rain. great stuff" -Sean
No commentary needed for this one. It's quite clear... "Tonight I am out for one of the first times since I had my daughter 5 months ago. I love my daughter, I love my husband, but I am grateful to have the time to spend with my friends. I know I am very lucky to have a man in my life that is a good father and loving husband. Tonight I get to reap the benefits by hearing you sing while I relax and enjoy a Corona. It's the little things in life that make the difference." -Anonymous in New York, Lower East Side
I'm always interested in how people think. Sometimes it's easy to catch that train of thought and at other times I get delayed at the gate...this is a good example of the later...very amusing.
"Pizza Mizza My man's a runnin' with his gitzer While wings found my moth and shiny shrub ate to keep warm
Mizza Pizza the throws of love sang Itza her liter followed walding with web feet of ducks and heads of the dead
Mizza, Mizza My mind's blown with winter + toes left. oops" - Anonymous in Lower East Side New York April 2011
As you may know, I did a tour back in April. It was dubbed the Book of Faces Tour and I brought along a notebook that I asked people to write down their thoughts, poems, drawings etc...anything that they wanted to contribute to my story on the road. I'm going to be posting some of these entries from time to time. The Book will make it's way to some future gigs, so don't be surprised to see it one day.
Entry: "The rain...pouring down Made it hard to be in the night air But I'm not alone making this journey I carry the strength to carry on..." -Anonymous
Yes, the city has a beat...a rhythm that keeps it moving. It's infectious and you find that it almost pushes you along...even without you knowing. It gives you strength and stamina that you didn't think you had.
We boarded the subway earlier today to go into the city. The plan was to visit the Empire State Building and then head back to the hotel to prep for the show and then leave. Well, we spent most of the time standing in line at the Empire State Building. We sat through the first part of a combo ticket that included a simulator ride and then tickets to the observatory. We're going back tomorrow.
One of the techniques I've learned to keep myself on an even keel is to not expect anything!You can hope, dream and imagine...but don't expect. Expectation brings an implication of entitlement. This leads to disappointment when things don't go your way. I try to live by that. It's all an adventure and in a true adventure, you don't know what's going to happen next. We tend to embrace the familiar and shun the unknown while, I believe, it should be the other way around. The truth behind the facade of an individual is revealed when facing the unknown. Just a thought.
The trip was long, but good. We only had traffic in the Maryland and Delaware areas. The weather was beautiful and smooth sailing.
We pulled into town and got settled into the hotel around 10:00pm. We decided to grab some chow and settled on a place that was two blocks up the street from the hotel..walking distance. The place was called Pete's Grill and it's set up like the classic Greek diner I had a very tasty grilled salmon wrap and Vonny sampled the local wine and Pastrami. I broke a tooth and after a few seconds of puzzlement, put the detached piece in my wallet for possible re-attachment.
So now we're back in the room ready to settle in for some much needed rest. Vonny is in the shower and I'm here talking to you...funny how that works.
The plan is to scope out the venue early so I know what to expect. I may decide to work the area beforehand to drum up some customers for the show.
This is all very surreal. Of course I have my standard doubts and fears but I'm sure once I get the rhythm of the road back, it will be business as usual. It usually takes me a day or so to get used to the way things are out here. That's the magic of it. There's a sense that this whole experience takes on a life of it's own. I'm interested to see what develops.
I'm leaving tonight and am quite excited. Vonny is home getting things ready and I'm at work. all the best laid plans of mice and men...
It seems that the start of the tour for me may be the end of the tour for Jeff Todd. I received word that he had to return home for a family emergency and doesn't know when he'll re-join the tour. From his Facebook posts it seems like things have calmed down, but all we can do is wish him the best and hope that all is well.
Andy O'Brien will be joining me in MA for some shows and I'm truly looking forward to that. I hope to webcast the show at Furey's Cafe so you can see him perform as well.
So, say a prayer for Vonny and I as we head out on the highway. A kid once told me that it isn't the challenges in life that define us, it's how we face them. Here's to the highway...
Got word that the Hennessey's Hooley House show in Boston has been canceled. It's truly a disappointment, but we can make the best out of a bad situation. Sometimes I forget how stressful these tours can be. When I'm a tech, or road manager for another band, the pressure is lifted because my duties are defined and I'm on point. Since this is an independent tour, the bulk of everything falls on the artists. Well, here's to the great unknown!
I've been listening to the songs of Andy O'Brien and Erick Hartley...two amazing songwriter/singers who will be performing with Jeff Todd and myself in Massachusetts.
It's amazing where you can find inspiration from. It's no surprise that these guys are doing well in their careers. One listen to their material and you'll be hooked. I encourage you to visit their web sites and support the music. I'm excited to be sharing the stage with these two talents, so hopefully you can catch a show or two.
The tour will really hit it's stride in two weeks when Vonny and I leave for New York. Jeff and I did two shows in Tampa last week as a prelude to this. The turn out was small, but appreciative. I hope to return to Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse soon. It was a great place with an awesome vibe. It also had the "no covers" signs posted, just like Natura in Orlando.
I must say, I'm glad I've been doing the small warm up shows here in town. I've been getting more comfortable with the original music and how they translate to live performances. Either way, it will be an adventure. I haven't done the original music thing in a long time.