Youngstown, Ohio today! Just wrote a blog for the Fogerty website so I’m thinking I’ll keep this one short today. Woke up and noticed it had been raining most of the night- it was still super rainy and misty and there were puddles abundant. It was VERY nice to not be super hot outside. This morning I did my yoga (in two pieces, half of it I didn’t do until I was in the band’s dressing room). ALSO our venue was inside.. it was a stadium type thing rather than an outdoor shed. Air conditioned all day it was almost too cold for me.
It’s just about 2 AM now… I’m sitting in the front lounge with Dave, Pedro, and Felix. Dave was just talking to us about Nazi Germany, now we’re talking about the demo that Dave does in Vegas for fans about John’s guitars. That’s cool. Before that I was in the back lounge with Ryan, Nate, Gina, Steven, and Nathan listening to stories Nate was telling us all- some pretty raunchy tour stories.. I’ll spare you (because I have to.)
Been doing a lot of sitting tonight.. BUT over my day I moved a lot. Soundcheck was a lot of waiting, but I got all my vlogs edited while waiting. Oh this morning I had to show the caterer how to use the juicer that she put out herself… she had no idea how to juice stuff and I had to ask her for a knife and cutting board to cut vegetables. This venue also had the world’s slowest elevator.
Anywayyyy… breakfast and lunch was meh today… luckily I saved tofu from yesterday! Takeout is life!!! After working a while I did some sprints outside the bus- that felt incredible…. I felt my metabolism instantly speed up (even had some chocolate after that Nate was sharing). Had a talk with Pedro about letting go and having fun when I play.. it’s not worth it to overthink everything- even in life. That helped me…. I really needed to find a good power stance to get into for my solo today. Wanting to impress and do good to myself. He’s been the nicest guy to me- his birthday was yesterday I think. Time is going so quickly I can’t even remember.
Got to the show- everyone’s energy always picks up right before a show. I’m feeling tighter and tighter with my horn counterparts…
I wondered out loud to them if we’d have less energy before the show because of the cool weather, but I think we had that in mind because this show had a lot of energy. My range was happening today, and all it took was a clear mindset and practice yesterday. Not to say everything felt perfect- there was uneasiness about my ‘New Orleans’ solo. I can’t keep my mind from intellectually responding to my performance, but the only metric by which my performance is truly measured is how much fun I’m having. When I play sophisticated harmonic language and think it sounds hip, it goes over pretty average in this context. Tonight for that solo I wailed and broke notes and sounded awful to my ears! But I got down on my knees and threw my left hand up in the air and closed my eyes and just blew and that was all I needed to do for everyone afterwards to slap me on the back and say “now you’re having fun”. It took me four weeks to realize that.
I stayed up far too late… didn’t go to sleep until 220, but after a show it’s hard to truly wind down. I have to, though… I’m writing this now at 12:50 the next afternoon because I WAY overslept. TOMORROW we go to Long Island- just don’t think I’ll get to see any of the city unfortunately.
SIDENOTE- when bananas are going bad, chop em up and put them in the freezer so they don’t spoil. Who am I Martha Stewart?? Maybe!!! Just maybe.