This might’ve been the best 24 hours I’ve had yet while on tour.
Last night after I finished the blog we had a big campfire out on the dirt overlooking the Ohio River- everyone was there, we made smores, Dave had some family over (they were real funny and friendly, one of them went to USC). I really bonded with everyone.
Ryan (or buddha as we call him) told me about a book he’s reading called the Power of Now- he’s a deep thinking guy, little less so when he’s drunk haha. Everyone had a good time, we stayed until 2 AM and I stayed real active till the end. Even back on the bus I stayed up with everyone until it was only Nate and I awake- 4 AM or so. Heard a lot more stories from Nate oh my goodness. I shan’t repeat them here, that’s all I’ll say.
I got a good eight hours of sleep somehow, and we gained an hour since we moved back to central time zone in Southaven, Mississippi- frighteningly close to Memphis! After my meditation all I could do was answer emails on my computer- rooms weren’t yet ready. This was 11:30 AM or so. Finally by around 1230 the cards were ready and I could take a shower. First thing we did was go to lunch with Alex (pyro guy), Van Bong (camera guy), and Sam (video guy) at a place called Maria’s Cantina. World Cup game, chips and guac, a pretty good veggie burrito bowl, I had a decent time. Everyone loves to talk, and a surprising amount of liquor was ordered considering it was only 2 PM. One of the guys asked me why I don’t drink- it’s just a personal thang! The fewer things in my life I have slowing me down, the better, especially if ultimately they’re toxic for my body. While I am shy, I wasn’t hesitant in the slightest to assert this because I know it to be true! If I’m not super sociable I’m levelheaded… both can be learned (which is why this tour is such good practice for my sociability).
Food tip… yes I was hungry, but I still didn’t devour my entire meal at once. Rather, I ate half of it and stopped even though I could’ve kept going. Ten minutes later my body thought I was done.. that way ninety minutes later I was ready for a snack again (soymilk and cashews). This keeps variety in the diet.. which is key if all you have for ten or more hours is a single massive meal from a Mexican restaurant.
Caught an über back.. it’s fun telling everyone that we’re on tour, we usually don’t say with who because it comes off a little too showy, but if they ask we’re sure to tell. Quite a few uber drivers haven’t had a clue who John Fogerty is, but one or two have flipped out and that’s when it’s fun. When back at the hotel (close to 4 PM.. eesh)… I got in touch with Mike D… he had offered before to give us a ride to Beale Street if we needed it. Ultimately we ended up taking an Uber since it was cheap between Nathan, Steve, and I.
Exercise tip that I like… I was tired in the few hour interim there, SO I napped for maybe ten minutes, did a HIIT workout (speed/cardio/full body strength type of stuff that can get pretty heavy, mine was meh), then after I stretched and got my laundry I napped maybe thirty minutes. All those naps included listening to Speak Like a Child (herbieeee). I felt really awesome for the whole day in all honesty…
Did some more coding… losing a bit of direction with that. Also wrote for forty-five minutes or so.. working on this song I call Summer Cabin… I’m hearing EWI and it’s on GarageBand so I can make it happen… that’s a lot of fun. Trying to limit my melodic focus and just pick the best of what I come up with.
Ok, trip to memphis!! We went straight to a restaurant called Rendezvous.. apparently the Fogerty’s were just there!! Beautiful ribs for the guys, I just got a salad (since I ate the second half of my burrito an hour before leaving). Short walk took us to Beale Street. The weather was warm, just a little humid but not intolerable. We got up to the gate (yes they have a gate blocking off the entire neighborhood) and were instantly freaking out at the amount of music. It reminded me a little of Laimert Park in Los Angeles with the street music and the amount of people outside enjoying art together. A quartet with a singer, drummer, and two keyboardists were KILLING it next to a statue of W.C. Handy.. went to dance up front and the group turned out to be a whole choreographed troupe!! That was a little embarassing hehe.
We spent the bulk of the time at B.B. King’s Blues Bar- the house band started playing at 9 so we caught their whole first set pretty much. Incredible!! As Nathan put it, “there ain’t nothing sexier than a hammond b3” and he’s pretty much right. Ended up seeing Mike D. there with his girlfriend which was really funny. We all got peach cobblers.. they were these full dishes of baked crispy bread with creamy peaches underneath with two giant scoops of ice cream, caramel, and cinnamon on top. I felt pretty gross, won’t lie.
This house band, though!! They played ‘Soul Man’ by the Blues Brothers when we walked in, lots of blues jams that I didn’t know the names of- had a singer, two horns, keys, guitar, bass, drums… everyone was really shining… the guitar player was exceptional. Heavy Santana influence which was cool in the blues setting. Last tune just wouldn’t end- modulation after modulation- but the energy was so high!
Countless John Fogerty references throughout the evening- CCR record on the jukebox at Rendezvous, “Born on the Bayou” Steak and Gritz on the BB King menu, bands playing Proud Mary in the street.
First tune of the second set at BB’s I made Nathan get up and we both danced out in front with all the older folk- he got way into it even though he was reluctant at first! Walked around a little more, but we finally got our bus call sent to us to be 930 tomorrow morning.. sooo we took an uber back. Lots of construction slowed the drive but by midnight I was back and blogging. So grateful for the chance to see this level of culture and be a part of this town. Hope to be back soon. Goodnight!!!