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Day 2/3/close to 4 The Passerine Migration Tour

Day 4 of the short sprint from Minneapolis to Memphis is about to come to a close and we have yet to leave the gate. Still in Minnesota but we've done more than procrastinate in writing blogs. No sir, we've done our share of work since you've last read us. It's been a 3:1 ratio between practicing to shows. Hil's fingers now have the texture of a 30 year-old hemlock tree and my vocal cords have been put through boot camp. We are preppin' to be road warriors, being all that we can be. Last night we played our second show on this tour and 7th show ever. It was ultimately a great show with the exception of Hil's mic beginning to give in to gravity's pull during the first song. Slowing drooping downward, it looked as if the mic was falling asleep. I didn't think our music was THAT bad... The show itself was only a fraction of the evening, however. The last 2/3 of the night was spent chitting and chatting with some of the best people. We made friends, relationships, and it home safely after a long night. A special shout out to Geno, Andrea, and Kelley for creating an awesome evening. Don't know them? You should. Today myself and Hil displayed exceptional athletic ability in conquering the mighty St. Croix River in the trusty forest green Coleman canoe. Our hearts pounded as our oars sliced the plane of the water. The river raced by us as we paddled like Vikings. After that euphoria, we discovered we were traveling upstream. My subscription to accomplishment was cancelled shortly thereafter. Fast forward another 24-hours and we will be in route to and shortly closing in on our next destination, Madison, WI. We are looking forward to new faces while looking back at the the good time spent in Minnesota. Fingers crossed, we'll see you there! ...The Passerine

Day 1 The Passerine Migration Tour

For those who have not a clue what the name of the tour means or the name "The Passerine" for that matter, lend me your ears for a brief description of both. A passerine is a bird of the order Passeriformes, which includes more than half of all bird species and is known as perching birds or songbirds. Question #1: Why do we call ourselves The Passerine? Visit http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=523803594&blogId=534161447 to read about it or see Hilary for details, no restrictions apply, offer valid only by phone, text, e-mail, face-to-face, or in the rare case a messenger Pigeon. Question #2: Why The Migration Tour? If you haven't been following, The Passerine is a type of bird that when winter rolls around, like many other species, they fly south. This tour starts in Minneapolis, MN and ends only a week later in our home Memphis, TN creating a north to south directional tour. Yes it is short, but how long does is it really take a bird to migrate south? Alright, class is over. No more educatin' a little more informin' everyone in on our whereabouts, whenabouts, howabouts, and whyabouts. Currently we are in the Land of 10,000 lakes, the great northern state of Minnesota. The chill in the air is making its presence known and the Boxelder bugs are landing thick on everything. No really, I swear I saw a swarm carry off one of the chickens here on the farm. Just kidding about the chicken, it was a passerine (just keeping the name fresh!). If I were to choose two words to describe the state of mind and the United State we're in they would be, placid and relaxed. Every now and again it's good to step away from your home and move to the road where money is not what's important. Here we are compensated by the places we go and the people we meet. More people and places to come. As of the moment we are prepping to play at the wedding of some of our best friends, Trevor and Christi. The songs they've chosen have grown to be some of my favorites. The selection is as follows: Give Us Clean Hands, Come Thou Fount, and Hearts of Servants by Shane and Shane. Each tune is worth storing in your song arsenal as a musician. If I were to predict how this day will pan out, I'd have to go with well beyond great. Two people are getting married, what did you think I was going to say? All in all, we are thoroughly looking forward to the up and coming week. As stated before, more people and places to come. Prayers are always welcome and encouraged. Thanks to all who have supported us and continue to do so. ...The Passerine Housekeeping note: Shows will be updated via Facebook, MySpace, and Reverbnation for this week. 'Preciate ya