Ok, so this guitar is beautiful. I played it for a good long time while I tested MY REPAIRED AMP. There was a few bad connections in the tube sockets, so the repair person fixed all the problems I didn't even know about and made my amp sound way better. The best it has ever sounded. THE BEST.
I almost sold all of my gear for this guitar though. If you're into it, send donations to firstname.lastname@example.org...
Last nights show was a blast. We played to a great crowd a great spot with great bands. It felt like we really hit our stride last night and the audience really responded to that. Our setup is a little unconventional. We all use in-ear monitors and we bring our own mics, stands, and mixers to do that with. So far, all of the sound techs have been happy with it which is a surprise to me. I thought I would for sure get some greif for this setup.
I have found it difficult to connect with the audiences though. It's easier in Winnipeg where I can half expect what the crowd will be like, but on tour every city is different. Every audience is unique and they respond differently to the music. I think the key to the connection I'm looking for is to talk about the songs a little more and my journey with them even up until this moment. You get a lot of time to think while you're on the road. I've been thinking about what this all means to me, and all the feelings and memories are resurfacing. Although it hasn't been disastrous, the beginning of the tour had it's share of problems. I feel like I'm having to re-live a ton of experiences and take a last look at them before I can move on. Even the routing of the tour feels like the track list of the new record. Things start off rough, and there are good things along the way, and then it ends, but the ending is only a new beginning. I'm worried about the end though, the last show is in Montreal. That's where this all started, and it also happens to be where KL and I talked about moving before the divorce. She lives there now and I wonder if we'll run into each other.
It isn't something I'm thinking about all the time, but this tour feels like a condensed version of the last three years. This feels like the last step in another stage in my life.
Awesome poster, Local 510.
That's it for tonight. We're at Fernando's in Kelowna tonight. The food here was devine too. More on that tomorrow.