(Photo taken by Beth on her flight back to St. Louis)
I feel like I’ve been working my butt off for the past 6 months, and its finally caught up with me. The aftermath has left my mind and body utterly exhausted. I decided to give myself a break the past couple of weeks for some traveling and family time.
One of the most interesting parts of my travels involved living on a tour bus for 5 days. For those of you who don’t know, Kit has been working with a touring band as a sound engineer and stage tech for this past year. On the most recent tour, it worked out for me to come along for the ride. Let me tell you, living with pretty much no personal space gets old fast. The bus was divided into three “rooms”, or compartments. The middle compartment held 12 bunks, which took a bit for me to get used to sleeping in. The sleeping quarters were sandwiched on either side by a lounge. The front lounge boasted two couches, a table, and a tiny kitchen and bathroom. The rear lounge functioned as a makeshift office, with a table and more couch seating. Yup, not really big enough for 12 people. At least not 12 sane people. Most of the driving would happen in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep. Go to bed in one city, wake up in the next. That way, there would be adequate time for load in and sound check the next day. At times, it felt a little disorienting.
Early afternoon, when everyone got to work for the day, I would wander off and explore whatever city we’d landed in. Some highlights of my exploits: walking the circumference of Central Park, biking through DC and around the national monuments, and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. You may have seen some of these photos floating around social media. Needless to say, It was so refreshing to be around music while also being able to take a much needed vacation. Hopefully I’m all charged up for the holidays, and ready to start planning more live shows. I know there’s been a lull in performances lately, but sometimes you just need a break. If I’m lucky, maybe inspiration will strike and I’ll start working on a new song or two.