Life in my shoes is never dull.
Woke up this mornin achy and coughing, although it was a great experience, I don’t think sleeping in smoking bars is a good way to get adequate rest. Greg and I walked down to the small coffee shop we frequented these past couple of days called Cafe Di Luna- amazing coffee and the most spirited, sweet Batista/owner. Then we packed, said our goodbyes, pulled off my second ticket in two days off the windshield and headed for Philly.
I really didn’t feel like being in the car today. I’m glad I have my jeep to fall back on for touring, but it is in no way a tour vehicle. It’s packed to the top with gear and there’s no leg room. We got to Philly around 3:30, way too early for load in or anything really. The venue we played was a half hour away from downtown, and because of traffic and laziness, we didn’t want to make the drive. So we went down to the movie theatre and haggled the guy at the ticket booth to give us student price tickets to see the Karate Kid. Laugh all you want, it was pretty good.
After that we went back to the bar, loaded in and played a kick ass set. It felt really good to play for people who were genuinely there to hear music and support it. It was a blast.
Around 2 hours ago (1:30am) we decided to drive 13 miles from Philly to New Jersey because all the hotels in Philly were $54.99 and over. We found a coupon online for a hotel and drove to it. Our GPS (that has the voice of Yoda) kept getting me lost (thanks Yoda,Fu) and finally when we made it to the hotel, they wouldn’t honor our coupon. Then for the next 45 min we drove around in circles from place to place trying to find a hotel that was less than $50.00.
Finally we did, the Bel Air Inn. However, the price of a room is $35.00 , but if you want non-smoking it’s an extra $20.00. So, screw everything, we needed a good nights sleep, a decent shower and to feel like normal people for a night. I hate hotels. I think that if you check in after 1am there should be a reduced price, seeing as though you’re expected to be outta there by 11am. Ugh
I’m all showered up and in sleeping attire watching the history channel with Greg while he eats some soup he just heated up. We have a 6 hour drive ahead of us tomorrow back to Virginia.
This may all sound kinda boring, but believe me, it’s pretty crazy and unpredictable out here.
It’s Bedtime now.
Just wrote two songs. I feel a little better.
So I am sitting here at Stage on Herr, in the green room where we made a bedroom, enjoying the vibes in Harrisburg PA. John (the owner of this crazy amazing place) has been so kind, so welcoming, and so accommodating to us. He’s fed us, given us tours of the town and shared some great stories about his life here in Harrisburg. Tonight is our last night here and I’ll look forward to coming back to Stage on Herr.
On the first night of tour I got the “first night of tour cold/sickness” , that seems to be a trend with me. Thanks motel in the ghetto of Knoxville for doin the honors on this one. I am finally getting over the flemmy part of the cold.
After knoxville we went to morristown TN where we played The Downtown. Coolest little bar/venue ever. You know how you usually find these bar wanna be venues, where “everything is about the music” in a cheesy way to the point where no one wants to go there? Well this place finally got that “everything about the music” thing right. Awesome sound, awesome lights, awesome room, great drinks/drink specials and above all, great owners and operators. I would have never thought that place existed in TN. Alan, thanks got a great night and thanks for the hospitality.
Then we drove to VA. We had to cancel our show in Roanoke because I was so sick no actual sound was coming out of my mouth. I hate canceling. The next day we drove Staunton, where we drove around for hours in circles calling the venue and the owner of the venue only to find out that it has closed down months ago(WTF?!?people seriously?why wouldn’t you send out a mass email saying- hey, we no longer exist, don’t spend the last of your gas money for nothing). Anyway, the Darjeeling cafe does not exist. That was pointless and I was pretty mad.
Yesterday we drove here, to Harrisburg and had an absolutely FANTASTIC time. It sounds sappy, but guys, when away from home, you’re lucky to get hospitality. This was hospitality at it’s finest.
I’m the morning we are off to Philly -another place I’ve never been. I’ve been taking tons of videos and photos on the camera that was donated to us (thankyou!), but I apparently didn’t get the right USB cable so I can’t upload it to my crappy computer. Looks like ima gonna have to have you guys wait again on seeing those.
Love you all. Don’t forget about us, well be home soon.
Sitting in downtown Saunton Va in the rain feeling pretty shitty because the venue we were supposed to play tonight is closed down and no one had the courtesy of calling and telling us. Thanks Darjeeling Cafe for letting us waste the remainder of our gas money to come to your town. This is bull.
Just canceled our show tonight , I’m sick as a dog.
It never fails: can’t breathe, can’t taste, can’t smell, can’t make a peep. I hope a nights rest is enough to bounce back and be able to sing tomorrow.
Driving back home through the rain. Wish it would let up. The beach tonight will be no fun without fireworks.
Had an awesome time last night at fly bar jazzing up the sings. Stayed up till 4 am. Now Starbucks with my big sis. Relaxation is the name of the game.