Aaaand we in Camden, New Joisey today- just a stone’s throw from Phily. Honestly only like five minutes away. Woke up after 9 hours of sleep.. didn’t do any of the time-wasting things I said I would do last night I just read and went to sleep.
Working backward chronologically tonight so I don’t skip over anything. The show was really good. There’s tension with one member of the crew, enough that he doesn’t want to continue working for John anymore. Other than that- we’re hangin in there. We had a bunch of space on the side of the stage- really nice- there wasn’t a monitor in front of me tonight like the last few shows so I was visible to the entire crowd for once! We really showboated it up more than any other night- show 23 was no fluke. Must be cuz it’s a prime number.
I took ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ up the octave tonight! And to my surprise I could do it! It sounded the way I wanted it toooo! Lots of fun. John gave a signed baseball to a little girl in the audience and pulled her up on stage- that was cool. In the third to last song he also skipped two beats of the music in a verse but the band caught it and it was entirely seamless.
Been thinkin’ a lot about knowing a LOT versus knowing a little bit REALLY WELL. I think the latter is what qualifies a master at anything, and whenever you’re jealous at someone’s ability, remember that the latter is what got them there. That takes perspective. This is what I’ve learned today as a result of things I’ve been feeling. I’ll keep it as abstract as that, but trying to be an encyclopedia isn’t the path to fulfillment.. being the best at what YOU DO is.
A friend of ours from school, RC, had his parents come to the show- immediately after we played we stood at the bottom of the stage and not only did they chat and ask for pictures, but so did just about a dozen other people! We were celebrities!! Everybody was really proud of us, had been reading our blog and really diggin’ it, and wanted to know how we got the gig, where we were from, etc. Really grateful that they’ve all been reading everything, the fans make it all possible. Fogerty IS a legend.
Back to the beginning of the day! After I got up I pretty much went straight to the bands’ dressing room to try to exercise a bit. Was gonna run, but after talking to Buddha about the less than favorable conditions of our surroundings I decided to do a HIIT workout instead. Always feel bad for using the bands’ dressing room, but this is 930 AM and the band doesn’t even get here until 1 PM at the earliest, so everything is left unlocked (sometimes hospitality is in there setting up snacks and drinks for the band for later, that’s it). I ask our production manager if it’s cool and start doing lunges and whatever. Well today, since our guitar player Devin has been riding on our bus with us, he walked into the dressing room and saw me exercising- and joined me! He’s a pretty muscular guy- he says his roommate was a personal trainer. He’s real serious about fitness I can tell- not messing around. I was doing a workout from fitness blender, he had done it before and knew ways to vary up and improve all the moves. Squats, for example- test your form by squatting with your arms horizontal against a wall and trying to not let them actually touch the wall through the whole descent. Did the whole thirty minutes with him, was the best workout I’d done in a week or more. Felt great to have a “buddy” who was chill about it all… he said he’d be down anytime! Gina came in and told me “when you’re done doing pigeon poses, Ethan, come see me”, … so I was all sweaty and nervous, thinking she’d tell me not to workout there anhymore. But it was just that Austin, our front of house guy, is leaving the tour and the guy replacing him can’t sleep on the top bunk- so I have to trade bunks with him. I’m on top now which should be interesting… I’ve heard that when the bus turns abruptly people have been known to fall out of their bunk….
Changed sheets, warmed up real quick (I got it down to an absolute science, hmu if you’re truly interested), had some morning meals, showered up (only one shower in this placeeee), and eventually got to all ma work.
Still waiting on a confirmation for my July 10th gig, tomorrow I’m gonna make a phone call for that and for a screw for my trumpet valve ring.
Soundcheck today was a reaaaal long drawn out process. Line checked real quick, sound checked with the band, and then we waited for John to arrive so we could finish up. Took two hours or more from start to finish. In between I watched this concert of Joni Mitchell with Jaco- Shadows and Light from 78. My take on Joni- great songwriting, brilliant lyricist, but not my favorite guitar player, I can only listen to so much- Brecker and Jaco are brilliant though. Pat Matheny was on stage too, he always strikes me as real whacky.
Anyway, ate my two dinners (i’m doing that consistently on our late night shows.. eating at 530 and then again at 830). Dang I don’t know how I’m gonna live without catering. Currently watching this movie Split about a guy with 23 personalities… it’s kinda intense for me tbh but really fascinating. That’s about all I gotta say! Tomorrow’s an off day… we only have three shows left. Really down to the wire. People getting tense, everyone ready to end. Stay positive, stay grateful, life will be take care of you if you take care of it.