Florida was wonderful, it really was lovely to us. koji and I are about halfway through our near 5 week tour. It feels nice to be out now. The first week or so were a bit harder for me, as I had gotten used to being in Asheville for a few months. It’s odd to feel comfortable with such transience, as if a nomadic life were natural. Perhaps it is, from an historical perspective. We, as a people, were probably closer to nomadic in some way or another for longer than we’ve been stationary. At very least i’d assume early peoples needed to travel every few years or so, at least until agriculture was fully realized. So, if traveling meant survival, then my life makes much more sense. Survival of the heart is important, and we need to seek out new and sometimes scary opportunities to find what we need, happiness, love and comfort.
Some highlights of my most recent seekings have been riding rollercoasters at busch gardens with our buddy Ryan, doing some really intense people watching, and then going to Miami and seeing people of an entirely different caliber, but perhaps equally as engaging as a train wreck. Gainesville also was wonderful to me, as I got to see some great friends in the band Spanish gamble, a gritty, melodic punk band. Their neighbor shut down the backyard acoustic show we were throwing, though only temporarily. An aging hippy, she explained that she liked what we were doing but had wake up early for her job, which was monitoring the pesticides that go on our food. It’s always odd when you’re so immersed in a subculture and an outsider speaks to you in their vernacular. Ostensibly we shouldn’t have felt much difference between us, but between age and lifestyle, it seemed we spoke different languages.
Yesterday we played Macon, GA, which seemed deserted and smelled of an old paper mill. However, the small, lovely book store had a perfect little venue in the back and a nice handful of kids came out, making what could have easily been a bunk Tuesday night turn out quite beautifully. As a whole, while the shows haven’t been huge, we’ve had a really positive tour so far. I’m hoping it maintains or improves, but either way it’s feeling cool.
Still making plans for my next moves. Got some last minute ideas that I’m going to try to pull together. Hopefully I can work something out.
What do you have going on?