3 days to go…
Sitting in a hot hot warehouse with a black pit-lab sprawled out on the concrete by my feet. His feet make faint jerky movements as he chases something in his sleep. A little white fan is blowing some air on my back and John Lee Hooker is on.
That’s how you spend a Tuesday morning.
Two days ago was my last day at my restaurant job. Even though I knew this was coming, its arrival feels abrupt, the moment to up the ante and make my time almost totally available to play shows, hopefully tour as much as possible on the new record. That time is always uneasy, when you declare your worth, and then attempt to live up to that declaration. All the romance of the idea you’ve formed in all your daydreams falls away (especially if people are noticing you), living becomes moment to moment, uncontrolled and unpredictable, and at any second you can totally crash and make a fool of yourself.
it’s pretty fucking wild.
So as you may be able to tell, a certain event that has been strongly in my thoughts over the last year (even longer, really) is finally coming up: that’s our record release show. (Oh hey whaddya know here’s that link for tickets again: http://www.r5productions.com/event/111137/). We’ve been lucky enough to have our good friends behind us, helping us to make this coming Friday as special and memorable as we can. I’m really excited to announce that Peter Helmis and Joe Reinhart (of Algernon Cadwallader) will be joining us onstage, performing on guitar, keys, and other assorted instruments throughout the set. We’ve been practicing a great deal together; they are two exceptional dudes and we’re very fortunate to have them join us.
Did I mention I never thought we’d be so lucky as to have a harpist playing at our release show? I’m personally stoked to be seeing Mary Lattimore perform live.
Thinking of all this now is making me feel a lot more happy than nervous. I needed that. Sometimes I forget what is actually important. Besides, life has been pretty cool in the moment-to-moment sense. For example, I got to sleep on a lawn on a clear starry night in Richmond, walk through the greenery of new towns, meet the nicest people, and go to an art museum at 3 a.m. with my friends. FOR FREE.
What I am trying to say is this: just remember to keep things in perspective, take all opportunities, and don’t order the Little Pete’s Special at 6 a.m.
AND COME TO THE RELEASE SHOW!! How many times to I have to post this link?? Jeez.