I am the tallest tree and I stand alone.
I'm sitting an 15 minute drive from the border in the US. I was not aware that I would have a need to find a broker to get my merch over the border and if we want to make it to our show tonight, we're left with few options. After my rage subsided, I decided it might be a good idea to fire off the events of the last few days for you all to read about. Ready?
We had Friday off, which is not the best day not to play a show on tour, but such is the situations encountered by a band looking to attract the attention of strangers in a distant land. We were having breakfast in Moncton when Brennan suggested we visit the Bay of Fundy. I thought it was a great plan, so we quickly got our business settled and went out. The day was hot and humid I was feeling like I got no sleep. We were all in better spirits though as the show the previous night well received by the audience and we sold some merch. This tour has been one of the poorest in production of cash I have ever been on. Usually the door/merch sales are enough to keep the trip afloat, but it's almost like every day is a constant test of my will to follow this path. Every day there is a new obstacle and all the frustrations that come with it. They are constant and it is exhausting. A drive out to see the ocean is always good for me, so we went.
It was beautiful. We didn't have a ton of time in the park, but the time we spent there was so reinvigorating. We ate some fresh seafood, climbed some rocks. We decided we weren't a band anymore, but an adventure team. An adventure team that plays music to bartenders and other bands. I'm smiling right now because that isn't the case all the time. The situation I'm currently in is getting to me. So this adventure team saw the ocean and evaded it's grasp when high tide was almost upon us. We saw a lighthouse and lots of beautiful cliffs. Then we drove back to Saint John to hang with Nick and Susan of In Dreams. They were hosting us that night. I was too tired and feeling on the verge of sickness to join the city adventure they had planned for us, but I heard the others had a great time. I had a great sleep.
We were to drive to Fredericton for what was to be the best show of the east coast. We got a late start to the day. I had Vanna's oil changed. I had a great conversation with person of interest in Winnipeg. I drove back, everyone got ready, then we headed to Irvin Nature Park. The Irvin's are a powerful family out here. The destroy the land then claim to be it's saviour by naming small chunks of land after themselves. Classy. The beach was nice, the water was a little warmer. I picked some pretty rocks that always look better when wet, but a little buffing and they'll sparkle. Nick and Susan left to go get ready for the show, and we decided to adventure. When in nature, this band is like a pack of childwolves. We are suddenly more able and quick to climb or slide down paths that may not be paths. We climbed to the top of the peak, then made an almost vertical climb down to get to the rocks below. That was the goal, travel to the end, then go past it because that's where the good stuff is. It was totally worth it. These kinds of things are bringing the band closer together and giving me time to pause from the struggle the tour has been. It's costing me more in gas, but I am happier for it. I needed this after the way I've been feeling the past few days.
Then the show in Fredericton happened. We were excited for this one because I didn't have to do sound for all of the other bands and show was promoted. We were tired from the days adventure, but we were optimistic. Then the crowd started showing up. They weren't our audience. There was a bar directly above where we were playing that was pumping top 40's and to get up there you had to walk by the stage. I have never seen so many people not care about live, original music. We might as well have not been there. It was the hardest show to play as I watched people come in and walk right by us to get upstairs. They weren't our crowd, I knew that, but it was disheartening. We left the venue feeling tired and with little money to see us to the next stop. Having had only 4 hours of sleep so we can get to Manhattan on time, and now with these merch/border issues, the show hardly seems worth it. BUT, silver lining, there was a small group of young people who came to chat with us after everything was over. One of the women was celebrating her birthday so I gave her a copy of the album. We all signed it and she was very grateful.
PICTURES. There are a lot.
Time to get a plan in place to get some merch into the US. Wish me luck.