10 things I've learned while touring in the last 5 months:
10 things I’ve learned while touring in the last 5 months:
1. The manager of every venue will tell you “This is the place to play”. But when you walk up and see your name in magic marker on a dry erase board below the “soup du jour” in the entrance of the club… you realize you’ve hit the BIGTIME! (By the way, the soup was amazing.)
2. I hear this comment often: “Your music needs to be on the radio!”
My response: When the radio stops playing crap, it might!
3. When you break a string in the middle of your song, you should: Quietly speak to the audience and say, “I’ll be right back, I apologize for this interruption. I have a problem with my guitar that needs to be fixed. I will be back in 10. Thank you for your understanding and patience”. What I did say was: “I have just snapped my G-string and need to change it out and that requires privacy… be back in a few. The dude at table 9 is buying drinks for everyone”.
4. Barry Manilow didn’t write his song called “I Write the Songs”.
5. If the place you are staying for the night is called “Motel” and has hourly rates. It’s a tremendous idea to spend the extra cash to embrace different lodging for the evening. You wouldn’t want to be the star witness to an encounter with a “Lady of Pleasure” and her biggie-sized cretin pimp while your trying to peacefully buy a Diet Lemon Coke… which by the way taste a lot like Pledge.
6. The best gig in the town is when you get to sing, “LIVE” the lullaby you wrote for your niece and watch her go to sleep.
7. NEVER book a direct flight from DC to Phoenix.
8. Pretty sure that "Chic-Fil-A" employees are somewhere between Barney and Jesus. They treat you better than your freakin family.
9. I don't need to become super wealthy doing this music thing. I just want to be able to write music and then have enough money to never have to think twice about adding a side salad.
10. Creative people fail and the really great ones fail often.