The most obvious exciting thing about a tour is getting to play a show almost every night for new audiences – it’s about sharing your music and connecting with new fans. The venues you play are planned out. The routes between cities and your lodging are planned ahead of time. I enjoyed all of that, but what I enjoyed most was the spontaneity we were afforded on this trip. Those bits of extra time when you are able to follow a scenic canyon detour, stop for a hike, or meet up with a new friend for coffee on a mountainside overlooking an old mining town. All the unexpected places and people we experienced are what really made this tour great.
Not every band can or even wants to tour like this, but for me it’s a package deal. Seeing the country fly by through a car window doesn’t compare. Stepping out of the car and taking time to experience natural wonders around me honestly did more for my soul than just looking out a window. Although we worked late hours many nights, traveling this way definitely helped me feel rejuvenated.
There are lots of different reasons to tour, and I’m slowly discovering my own. Of course, there is an appeal to traveling. But I’m also fascinated with the idea of music as a shared, connecting experience. It’s a pretty amazing thing to be able to sing a song to a room full of people you’ve never met and feel emotionally connected with them. You see it on their faces, in their responses between songs, and when you talk with them afterward. Human beings need to connect with other human beings, and I’m honored when I get to play a small part in that. It won’t be long until I pack up, hit the road, and do it all again.