Up at 930, didn’t feel that rested, BUT I made a long workout out of my morning. Stretched and went for a short-ish run down some trails. Air is SO humid, no bugs luckily, but lots of overgrown plants and rocky uphill climbs. Catering didn’t open till 12 so I made a protein smoothie and had some fridge food (sweet potatos, avocado, cheese, spinach in a pita!!). Took a shower, BUT our dressing room was also closed until 12 SOO I wrote on my keyboard till lunch. Finally hooked up with Nathan and Steven right about then. Sandwich bar! Warmed up, little bit longer than yesterday- trying to ween back into doing long warmups after a super short one yesterday. Before soundcheck I went back to the bus and learned the jazz tune Emily on my MIDI keyboard while the bus driver drove to the hotel from two days ago to empty the poop tanks (yucckkkk). Got back and headed over to soundcheck. Again, it’s SO nice to have our own dressing room. I’m sure that won’t actually happen at every venue, or even the majority of them, but while it lasts it’s fantastic. Soundcheck was kinda short today- we played When the Saints onstage a bunch of times, jammed out- today the crew was encouraging us to play other tunes… from me they wanted to hear Feels so Good by Chuck Mangione hehe so I humored them. Pretty soon Wayne told us we were off the hook so I went back to the bus. The period today from 330 to 6 was loooong for me… I did a bunch of bits and bobs… I’m working through this time management class on lynda.com, starting this book “What to Listen for in Music” by Aaron Copland (it’s a little antiquated but it’s super cerebral so I’m down for it), and went for another walk because I just couldn’t keep myself satisfied doing a bunch of sitting. After dinner I played some pool with Nathan and Steven in the game room, and then I actually took a nap! Man I don’t do well with so much free time. I felt good, a little more energized, and really ready to have a solid show tonight. We got to our dressing room at 815 for the 915 show, everywhere we go the crew makes jokes at us in one way or another- we have different running gags with each person. With one of the FX guys (forget his name) he tells us to be quiet everywhere we go (“ayy you’re walking too loud whatya doin!”).. with that other guy who looks like Billy Bob Thornton I’m Harry Potter (Nathan is Lando Calrissian and Steve is Jonah Hill)… with Nate it’s always some form of outlandish banter and sarcastic insult trading. It was funny that the band didn’t get to sidestage until TWO minutes before we were set to start.. yeesh!
The show was AGAIN much better than yesterdays’. We were having a good time backstage singing along- having chairs back there tonight helped stop me from getting so tired of standing up. During Psycho (the song Tyler Fogerty, John’s son, sings on) we finally nailed the choreography we’d been talking about since Sunday- went awesome, got eyes from the crowd. New Orleans was probably our best, people in the crowd patted us on the shoulder, told us ‘thank you’- thought that was a fascinating gesture. John added the song with billy Gibbons back to the set since we were the closer and had a lot more time. When it was time to do Proud Mary- last song- I nailed the first notes really strong. It’s a tricky note for me- kinda at the height of my strong range on this shallow mouthpiece, but it was there and John dug it- he got in our faces and was smiling and groovin. That felt good. All while we were sitting backstage today I kept thinking how amazing it was that we’re ninteen and all these people in the band are in their thirties, forties, or fifties (well John is 73 and Shane is 27), and we practically have the same exact job (naturally they have more benefits and whatnot). I had the thought about what happens when I max out? Or when there’s nowhere further for me to go? At that point I thought about the diversity that the world has to offer in terms of experience, and that I want to open my mind to more new things- I’m much too often too scared to stray from my routine.
Back on topic (sorry it’s late), after the show there were more compliments thrown around- Jesse, a good friend of the three of us and one of my housemates for the Fall, lives in DC and came by the show tonight. Nathan got him a backstage pass and we hung out for a while after the show. Twas nice to see a familiar face. Back on the tour bus it was time for the tour stories to commence after I practiced for a half hour (I convinced Nate to let me take the back lounge from him hehe). 1230 AM is the only time for me to practice without overblowing my lips before the show. After that Nate told us some pretty messed up stories about touring with Marilyn Manson- I don’t really care to repeat them or remember them, but I’m grateful I don’t work for a musician like that. Everyone was sharing their goriest party stories, including Nathan and Steven, and I really didn’t have much of anything to add. Regardless, it was entertaining to listen to it all.
It’s 3:20 and we have left for South Carolina! Once there we have an off day and at 10 PM we drive down to Florida. I’m excited for that leg of the tour. I did some restaurant research- tomorrow I wanna get myself a healthy smoothie and a tofu bowl at places by the hotel. And spend the day practicing. Didn’t take any vlogs today, I think I’ll try to make up for it tomorrow. OK now it’s ma bedtime, my wrists are sore. Thanks again so much for reading you guys :)