Had a really nice day today in Noblesville. Small-ish town just outside Indianapolis, twenty thousand seater (definitely wasn’t full tonight). A solid eight and a half hours of sleep coupled with a time zone change meant I wasn’t up till 11, but yoga in the band’s dressing room and a luxurious shower in some of the nicest bathrooms I’ve seen in a while got things off to a good start.
Catering here at the Ruoff Music Center… I’m quite a fan. Missed breakfast but I had some small meals early on and a big glorious dinner of pesto whole wheat linguini and baked ziti. Even had kiwis and avocados in a bowl- that was a first.
As we found out pretty early on, there would be no soundcheck today! We got there at the scheduled time anyway and we just did a little line check for everyone- but the band didn’t get there until 6 PM- right before doors opened! Guess that’s typical for later runs, or maybe when they do three shows in a row so John doesn’t tire out.
Did a bunch of composing (Nate calls me Puff Daddy now because I’m always “writing hits”) and uploaded my vlogs to YouTube (they’re still loading as I speak, ten hours later…). Trying out a new to-do list app called GoodTask.. I need something to replace Reminders, Calendar, and my physical daily planner in one app.. so I’m using the summer to figure it all out instead of during the school year.
Sidenote… I’m a big fan of exercising around 4 PM if I’m tired of sitting around. I went on a little walk and listened to Miles Davis, and then did ten mins of cardio stretching and a couple short sprints across a sixty or so yard driveway. Felt gorgeous.
Forty minute naps have also become part of my daily regimen. They help me keep my meals small, give me a chance to listen to music uninterrupted, and keep my energy high before the show. I could tell everyone was getting cabin fever, having a TV helps everyone I think (just like at home).
Before the show I had a big dinner and met Kenny Aronoff’s son- he used to be Kenny’s drum tech and grew real close with all the crew and band guys. Outgoing, friendly type. Late twenties/early thirties, had a girlfriend with him, took me a sec to make the connection of who he was, he was deemed the “rock” of the group who kept everybody sane.
Show itself was fine- perhaps a little under yesterday’s in terms of my performance, (I tried to simplify the power move but ended up botching it a bit.. who cares we still be playin real tight). Lots of Facebook video on the gig we did yesterday from Mark, that was really nice.
Conclusion- we should never soundcheck ever again! Crew thinks it was an awesome show. Instead of rushing we all have time, and John isn’t tired! In the interest of keeping blogs short, let’s sign offff… tomorrow we are in Cincinnati !