Sorry I wrote a long blog. I was too tired to write a short one. That’s a quote from somewhere.
It’s about 140 AM, it’s another “Roadie Friday” as it’s called- tomorrow’s an off day. We don’t head out until 3… it’s a 7.5 hour drive to Columbus, Ohio so I better be asleep till 10:30… sooo I gotta somehow stay awake another hour- but I think I got this. South Park is on the TV, I got plenty of interesting people to converse with.
I’m gonna work backwards today because that’s just how my memory is working.
Just talked outside with Pedro about positivity vs. negativity… he says he practices the “Laws of Attraction”. When you think positive thoughts you attract positivity in the form of other people and other opinions, and the same is true of negativity. I told him that today especially I had negative thoughts about my own playing after the show because I was missing a lot of notes. Ultimately, it’s our negative thinking that perpetuates these kinds of ideas, and, in the same way that one becomes stressed or anxious at another person’s actions, you’re creating something that doesn’t exist by thinking that way.
It’s also Pedro’s birthday today! Sidenote there was a lil camouflaging frog on the grass outside the dressing rooms today. That was neat.
Ok you win I’ll start at the beginning of the morning. I didn’t really exercise today, I got up at 930 and we were in another hotbed. Today was the Hollywood Casino in Missouri.. not sure where the Hollywood or the Casino comes from, since neither are very close. It was probably the hottest day of the tour so far by the end of it all.
Today was one of those days where it took a long time for me to get things done but I somehow felt totally ok with it.
I spent a lot of time sending out emails to book a gig in LA in July! I’m excited about that.. I managed to get a semi-confirmation for a jazz quartet gig at Genghis Cohen on July 7th… I’m gonna reach out to more places tomorrow morning just to be sure. Also spent time later curating a bit of a set list. I want to do a set of music that I listened to a lot in my first two years of listening to jazz in high school- so that it’s music that really speaks to me and I’d be hyper motivated to play amazingly.
Sidenote- I just bit weird into an apple and my tooth feels like it’s lodged out of place.
Back to le story… I had a boca burger for lunch… really filled me up. Soundcheck was LONG but early, so we had a long gap in between that and the show… basically six and a half hours. Nathan and I had a great chat with Kenny right before soundcheck… Nathan asked if he had played on a particular Buddy Rich tribute album. He told us he totally did- and also performed live with the band in New York. It was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of his life, but shows now force him to do nothing but focus, and as a result he doesn’t get nervous anymore. Nobody has had a recording career quite as diverse as Kenny. Love getting to chat with him.
Tried to kinda exercise round 430, (there was nowhere to walk so I just did a cardio warmup on some grass), had two dinners (lil baby meals to keep my sugars going).
Ohh also had a chat with Dave today about GMO foods and the paleo diet. Now it’s a late night conversation with Dave and Steve where he’s analyzing the three of us as people. Nathan is curious, I’m a seeker, and Steve is introspective. He says I’m still unsure of what I want out of life so I’m still seeking information from a million different places. Dave said he noticed it instantly in me. I love hearing these things, it gives me someone else’s perspective. He says anyone who’s genius is obsessed with one thing.
And our assignment is to watch Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Cool and the Gang to figure out our choreography. We have nothing to do, we should spend our days learning these moves! Excellence is only made by pursuing that one thing. We literally rehearsed one day this past week. Let’s own this job.
Dave also just said he was really listening deeply to us play New Orleans today- we played something that intrigued him. He strikes me as a deep listener and an experienced one, so I was all ears to what he had to say. I told him that I’m a little uncertain about my solo break.. I over intellectualize too much. Nathan and Steven have their thing.. they make a statement that transcends thought, it’s just a message- it’s a truth. (Reminds me of the chat we had with Ryan Kinder’s singers yesterday… “shorten the distance between your heart and your mouth”). He asked me who my five favorite trumpet players were, ultimately he told me to play my next break as if Louis Armstrong was playing it. He wouldn’t think about it. You’re singing through the horn.
And it’s now 245 sooo I’m gonna head to sleep. If I remember anything else I’ll write about it tomorrow.