OK! Just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma today at Hard Rock Casino/Hotel… I’ve honestly had a pretty great day, but I gotta say there’s some friction between some people on the show. I’ll get to it as I go.
Woke up around 930 after a gorgeous nine hours of sleep (best sleep of my life on this tour, I KNOW it’s surprising isn’t it!). Meditated and our room keys were waiting for us immediately. It wasn’t an off day today, BUT we had hotel rooms anyway. After a thoroughly relaxing session of yoga I hooked up with Nathan and we went to discover what the deal was with food. The venue we’d play was called The Joint and it’s directly attached to the casino. There was no catering, only a green room with a lounge area and some tea/coffee stations. Thankfully, we could eat at any of the restaurants in the casino free of charge, SO I wanted to find the Starbucks… turned out to be this rip-off “Perfect cup” place that sold SOME Starbucks brand items and virtually nothing as far as healthy breakfast options went. Ended up eating at the buffet- that was a good move! An overload of food, I was digging their salad bar (laaaame I know, you wanna hear stories of rock’n rollers eating deep fried catfish and what not.. but hey.. when life gives you a buffet, demolish that salad bar, your body will thank you one day).
Warming up in a hotel is never easy in theory, BUT (in an interesting twist of fate) I have to date never gotten yelled at for it. My room was on the 10th floor and it was the afternoon so that’s probably why I didn’t have any issue with people complaining about the noise. It’s weird going a day without playing (yesterday) but I try to treat it as if it’s a normal morning of warming up before a tour- nothing different in so I get nothing different out. Train those muscles to remember and respond.
I did maybe an hour of composing in all today- trying to sort out these pieces on GarageBand with so many musical ideas. It helps to jump around to different songs when you get stuck on one… ALSO, having a tiny keyboard to practice on is infinitely easier (for me) than not having it, especially when I’m having creativity block. And if that’s not an option for you, start singing random ideas to yourself- I do that all day long.
Anywayyyy, to keep it short, I was still hungry (so I had a frozen bean burrito on the bus), and got ready for the show. The venue was freezing cold for some reason, but it was sold out- some two thousand or so people.
For the New Orleans part we walked through a very very narrow aisle where people were sitting… not a fan of that too much. When the show was finished, there was only one door to exit from… the SAME door that the crowd was exiting. Sigh. Well hey it’s important to me to connect and engage my audience, so I always indulge others as much as they want… “you guys were incredible!”… “how old are you, twelve??”…. “it must be amazing to be on stage with that legend..”… “great job guys!”… and saying ‘thank you’ twenty times a second. Up to my hotel as quick as possible to pack and blog…
We’re ordering food from a Highway 66 diner for after the show (again, not vegetarian friendly so I ordered sides of potatoes and rice to complete my protein). It’s a little after 10 as I’m typing, we’re trying to leave really soon- the drive to New Braunfels, Texas is close to ten hours…. (I better poop here at the hotel). Goodnight Oklahoma!!!!!