Ok this venue was seriously the best that we’ve ever played by far. Today was our show in Gilford, New Hampshire at the BNC Pavilion. It’s in the woods, right by Lake Winnipesaugee, and the theme of the entire backstage is like a summer camp. We got there around 10 (I did the gym this morning and a light snack at the hotel), and first thing we did was head to dining. I’ll talk about each part of the experience in sections. Not sure how much of the experience they want to keep totally secret but I’d rather ask for forgiveness than beg for permission.
The dining hall was laid out like a restaurant, breakfast was made even better with an omelette station, maple almond butter, raspberry pancakes, and some super health oatmeal. The place was pumping all day long… had tofu and noodles for lunch, then they had this giant seafood spread in a boat full of ice for dinner… ate a bunch of roasted veggies and still got pretty full. For desert all I had was a piece of a cheesecake cupcake… DAMN is all I can say about that abomination.
Moving on, I’ll talk about the bikes. After we ate we started walking around the backstage. As the parking lots continued back, there were sitting areas with flat screens, firepits, giant chess and giant Jenga, a basketball court, and, the best part, a dozen or more bikes, scooters, and tricycles for the crew to use during their free time. WHAT?! Now that’s insane. The three horns went with Felix on bike out the exit of the venue and tried to find a beach on the lake. We came across a private beach but luckily the lady there was nice and let us sit for a sec anyway. Gorgeous views… we headed back shortly and heard there was also a heated pool for the crew!!! Sooo we walk down a giant parking lot, over a well-kept lawn of grass and a picturesque rocky trail to the pool. It was very well maintained, adorned with pool toys, and had a full bar that was going 24/7. I took a swim in my tan shorts, Nate and Steve relaxed on some chairs, and when we went back to the bus I finally warmed up on the trumpet a little bit.
I’ve been giving myself fewer daily goals and more of a daily routine of things.. every day I wanna compose, prepare for my July gig, exercise, code, and work on my social media. If I can get to 3/5 things each day I’m happy. This also gives me a lot more down time… I worry less about not doing anything because it allows me to weigh the importance of the five things I do.. if I don’t feel like working on any of them in a given moment that means I’m not taking in my environment!
Rode trikes like an idiot, got to talk to and meet Tyler Fogerty and his girlfriend, and chatted with the crew all about the cute waitresses that were walking around catering serving meals. Ohh I talked with Ryan about GarageBand… he’s a software guru- I was asking him if he thinks there’s a good way for me to output a MIDI instrument sound when my input is raw audio of my trumpet. Probably not, he says, unless I re-record my trumpet via a midi controller. My best bet is to just use a lot of pedals. He diiid say that I can output GarageBand audio through the same interface that I use to input… and that can go directly to a house PA. Now I’m excited for ma gig. Also I downloaded Photoshop today- looking to make a poster for my gig too!
Let’s talk about work now… super short line check around 130, no soundcheck with John today, we had nothin goin on until prepping for the show at 845. I stayed busy though! Waking up at 745 I was rightfully tired when it came to showtime but my mind got right into the game as soon as I was on that stage. Had a blast tonight as usual… a few lil slip-ups that I won’t make again. Trumpet-wise, my chops are doing pretty well… I can play all the music I need to, a lot better than at the beginning of the tour. If anything it just requires me to mentally prepare/visualize for a sec.
Sheets were changed today, Scott, the bus driver, is sitting here making a ham sandwich while everybody else eats lobster steak dinners and prime after-show food. So I decided tomorrow I’m gonna take him a takeout of the best food the catering has… I did hear that the venue tomorrow is a dump, but that’s whatever I’m still gonna do this. He is too good to us.
Loved the wilderness today, had a great time hangin’, and am thoroughly ready for bed right about now. Tomorrow after the show I’ll do some jazz. GOODNIGHT New Hampshuh.