Bright flowers and cleansing rains represents change, growth, and acceptance. Just like pale-miniature buds and velvet baby leaves have yet another opportunity, another chance to reach out and feel sunlight, we too have another lovely season to swoop underneath us and help us move forward. The changing seasons are really similar to the lifestyle transitions of a nomad musician. A few months of travel transition into a few months of rest and then back to touring again.
Whenever I'm touring, I feed my "inner traveler" by soaking up the cities we visit. The tornado warnings in the middle of the night in Nashville terrified me, the new-age hippie hair dresser who cut our hair in Denver opened my eyes to new beliefs as well as making us look quite snazzy come show time. Sweet shoe salesmen in Chicago, earth-friendly farmers in Columbus, passionate street performers in Seattle. I don't think I really realized what a profound affect these "little awakenings" I encountered along my way have had on me.
I'm proud of all of the band for growing as musicians and as performers, but there were some things that we forgot to do while in the midst of our crazy tour. We forgot to listen to music. Silly us. So Jonathan decided to start an email chain that we as a band can participate in where we can share the music we are currently listen to with each other. I need some "emotional musical ice cream", you know, some delicious melodies to feed my soul. Don't we all?
Dia offered The Shins new album, "Port of Morrow", for all of us to devour. Don't know that I have many musical recommendations to share with my band at the moment aside from some blue grass that Jenee, Blake's violinist turned me onto. Nick introduced us to Gary Clark Jr. He is my absolute favorite artist at the moment!
I hibernate in "performance" mode and "technical improvement" mode while touring.
I reflect and relax in the perfect atmosphere and environment home provides.
Musically my intention, now that I'm off the road, is to find a female guitar teacher to help me grow. Dia mentioned that on the next tour she'd like to have a girl merch person to come out on the tour with us. There has been an overload of testosterone on this last tour. Sometimes it just sounds so nice to have some female interaction, especially in a teacher-student relationship.
I'm also planning on finishing up a new song. I think I'm going to call it "I have a genius". It sounds similar to "Weeding Through the Rubble". It's about that video I just posted on my Facebook page about Elizabeth Gilbert and how she "deals" with creativity. I'll be posting that soon.
Oh, and I also want to find some spring flowers to keep me motivated and light. Hears to the new season!