Hello readers. Welcome to my new blog segment, "Stouries". Thanks for being here. I'm at the halfway point now, so I wanted to take a moment to write to you about some tour-related things and thoughts. Consider it a recap, or something of the sort. Well anyway, here it goes.
Things kicked off with a bang last week in Charleston. I left our tiny house in the mountains at 6am and and drove like the wind to make into town with enough time to get the work done for my real job (btw, I have one of those now... real estate software design, nerd stuff yada yada) and then rushed over to Pepper Plantation in Mt. Pleasant to surprise the daughter of a 70's rockstar and her husband to be, by playing "Whatever You Need" (a track off my last album) at their wedding. While the bride and groom were taking photos in the reception hall, I hid in the bathroom with my neat whiskey and gave half-smirks to not-in-the-know guests as they entered to relieve themselves. I was on standby waiting for a text signal to let me know they'd left the area. Once they were out of sight, my new friend David Higgins helped me with a sound check and did his best to hide me from the bride and groom outside on the porch, so that I wouldn't have to be the creep with a drink smiling at people in the bathroom. Thanks, David. Soon enough, it was time for the first dance and I was invited on stage to sing while they swayed. They were indeed surprised and quite ecstatic. It was a surreal experience for me. For so long now, I've struggled with music and wether or not to keep doing it. Seeing how much this song and my being there mattered to these lovely people was more than enough of a sign to keep going. Thank you ever so much and many congrats, Cam and Heather. I'll certainly never forget you.
Truth be told, traveling to Charleston hadn't excited me lately. Maybe it's the fault of the endless construction and ever-growing population, but my hometown just wasn't feeling like home anymore, until this trip. I caught up with old friends, made new ones, laughed, cried, ate good food, and felt like myself again for the first time in a long while. My last moments in town were spent on the corner bar stool of the Eclectic Cafe and Vinyl. It was rainy and cold outside, but as I sipped my hot peach tea, in between sporadic chats with pals, I stared out the window and felt a warm peace about this place that was previously causing mostly anxiety. I was finally able to see over the cranes, through the construction fences and past the sea of strangers to find the place I'd had my first kiss, played my first show and fell in love for the last time. Needless to say, my first real tour in over half a decade was off to a pretty good start.
Look out for more Stouries later this week.