Hey Everybody! I started an update and it looked like this….
“Hello from snowy Ohio! I’m sitting in a Starbucks, watching the snow fall in a stripmall. Earlier today I was at Sidewinder Coffee in Northside (http://sidewindercoffee.com/new/) which would be a much cooler place to update from. They are an independent shop with locally roasted coffees and a pet rabbit in their back garden. It’s down the street from Shake it Records (http://www.shakeitrecords.com), which is the best place. And Melt (http://www.meltcincy.com/main/), which is the OTHER best place. I met up with my friend Sarah, who is one of my lifelong heroes, and she made me laugh and put up with my griping about things that have been miffing me for one reason or another lately.
But I’m not updating from there. I’m updating from a Starbucks. (None of these establishments sponsor me.)(But they all should.)(Hi! I’m an independent artist who sometimes gets hungry and/or wants a record and stops in Cincinnati and loves your establishments. Wanna give me a sandwich or sell my albums?)(I’m adding Sitwell’s, which is in Clifton, not in Northside, to that list)(Cause they’re great)(http://sitwellscoffeehouse.com/) (I’m not linking Starbucks because I’m pretty sure there is one in your living room.)
ANYWAY. A while back I was invited to play a songwriters’ series in Woodbury, CT, and agreed. It sounded pretty cool, from the in-the-round format, and the guy I knew who was involved with it. I went up there this past Saturday. I could not have anticipated how fun and warm and wonderful it was going to be. Not to mention how INSANELY CUTE the town of Woodbury is. Adorable. And it snowed and everything. ”
Wasn’t that a nice start to an update? But then so much stuff happened and I got distracted. I’ll have to tell you about it here:
So now I’m back home. Before that night in Starbucks, I had an amazing night playing in Columbus, OH at a little place called Wild Goose Creative, where my former bandmate Johnny Barton had set up a show so we could be reunited and have the best time. And we did. Have the best time.
His new band, Obstinate Orange, is great for dancing to… and people DANCED. Thanks Columbus, and friends from all around there for hanging out. Especially thanks to the opening band, who played their first EVER set that night. They were a group of local teenagers, and we went to town on a pre-show game of Boggle. Keep playing, Saints and Strangers, both music and Boggle. (Hey Boggle, wanna get in on this sponsorship thing?)
After that night in a Starbucks (after which I visited my brother and his dog totally ate my dinner. Jerk.)(The dog, not my brother)(although my brothers also used to steal my dinner)(but not in a mean way, they were just brothers)(disclaimer:my brothers and my brother’s dogs are great) and after Thanksgiving, and after an amazing MidWest Release Party for Troubled Night, I finally hopped on a Greyhound back in Columbus.
At my layover in Cleveland, a guy got real excited to see my guitar case, and struck up a conversation that started about guitars and ended up being about how he’d been on the road laying tile for a month and a half. He and the crew had just been paid the night before we met and had gone out partying, but their hotel room had been broken into and all their cash stolen.
I kept waiting to see if he was going to ask for money (sorry, nice tile-laying-guy, I’m a cynic) but he just continued to tell me a story that sounded like a real life version of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”. I even mentioned that and he laughed and said yeah and tried to remember John Candy’s name. “Yeah! That guy was in Uncle Buck! Remember Uncle Buck?” he asked and laughed.
So I hope he got home safe. And that his guitars weren’t stolen like he thought they’d be (I guess I’m not the only cynic, huh.).
I arrived back in New York at 9 the next morning and left again Friday to play in Alexandria, VA. Which is a story of its own. Suffice it to say it was an amazing weekend which I will update you about after I’ve started some laundry. I mean, this has been a pretty long update.
I hope everyone is cozy. I am amazed by this wonderful sparkly world we live in, even when it’s drab and grey and cold and wet like today. Here’s to you. And blankets. And Emma, wherever she may be.