Archive for February, 2013

The Glamorous Life of a Folk Star

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on the road as a traveling musician? It is a fantastic affair, one glamorous adventure after another. This week we have travelled from South Carolina to Florida for the purpose of playing music for Floridians. But when not on stage, the high life continues.

We drove seven hours, most of it in the rain, and fell asleep exhausted. But when we awoke we were rewarded with a superb sunny day in North Florida. Went for a nice walk and finished the drive, spent a little time by the bay before our first show.

Day two was an easy drive and a great show. We spent the evening with Alice, a great hostess who has lived an interesting life and shared stories about her travels. The next day we had lunch with old friends. They are also musicians, but play a different style from us. Nice to hear about their music trials and triumphs.

A visit to a historic site, a hike along a river bank, and dinner under the stars. Yes, a charmed life we lead! I had a difficult day concentrating since I knew Marshal Rosenburg was recording percussion for our new CD. I wanted to be there, but I wanted to be here. I paid bills and answered emails while sitting outside at a picnic table. A caterpillar fell on my head. Screams ensued. Glamorous indeed.

Did a little SERFA business. Did a little work on the Texas weekend of shows coming up in April. Listened to new CD mixes sent by Mark Dann. They are sounding good! But working on these songs remotely is a challenge.

For those of you keeping score on last week’s post, snacks eaten: many, band aids used:2, extension cords used:2 (he really is never wrong), flashlight used:once, gratuitously (maybe he is a little wrong once in a while). Yes, I used office supplies.

We are playing a show this evening, and tomorrow I begin work on the CD artwork, outside under the oak hammock. I guess it is a glamorous life.

Travel Rituals

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

I am packing to head to Florida for a few weeks, and I can’t wait. We have been homw for five weeks, our longest stretch in Greenville. I think I could be on the road full time with no home base. I know Aidan would hate that. We both love to travel, but he likes having a home base and getting in a few projects around the house.
Long before we were musicians we did a lot of traveling. These days, traveling in our camper van, it’s not really like leaving home. Still, I notice that some things about travel never change with us. We have rituals, do you?
I like to clean the house before we leave; do all the laundry; put clean sheets on the bed; put out fresh towels. Sometimes a traveling troubador comes by our place while we are gone, so it’s good to have a clean house. But really, I have always done this. I trim my bangs. I pack snacks as if we will never find a store. I pack bandaids and antiseptic as if we will never find a store. Hey. I get hungry, and I get cuts and scrapes. We usually go through all the snacks and most of the bandaids.
Aidan likes to make a list of things to pack or things to do and check off those things as he goes. He backs up his computer. He brings extra extension cords (?) and extra flashlights. He says he likes to be prepared. But I know that this is not entirely true because he lets me arrange our travel plans.
When we first traveled together for vacation I would make the plans. To me a plan is a flight out and a flight back. Done. After all, I have snacks and bandaids – I am ready for anything. Aidan likes hotel reservations, transportation, maps, ideas of places to see. We have arrived at a state of compromise. We have some reservations, some plans, and some times when we will be tumbleweeds. We will have plenty of snacks, and bandaids, and extension cords and flashlights.
How do you like to travel? Do you have any rituals?

Hope we see you somewhere down the road!