Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Search for Rock & Roll

Somewhere on a bus between Cleveland, OH & Auburn Hills, MI: I was bummed as we made our way to Cleveland last night, knowing I wouldn't have a chance to see one of the city's greatest attractions: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

photo credit: Upatke

But before I had a chance to pout too much, I got a note from the boss, asking if anyone was interested in going the next day. Well, if it's a work-thing, then I definitely will have to go! Knowing we couldn't just show up at the front door of the open-to-the-public location, I searched my Mail program for the words "hall of fame." Sorting through thousands of emails since July 4, 2007 (the fateful day of the computer crash), up popped a handful from Shelby Morrison, Exhibitions Assistant & Coordinator of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. Bingo!

Last time I was there (back in 2007), Shelby was our tour guide when my former boss took a few of us to see the latest exhibits at the Hall. We also got a private tour of the Vault, where items first live after they are received and before they are presented to the public. Some of these items are truly remarkable and my favorite one from that time was John Lennon's last passport.

I emailed Shelby again, hoping she was still there and actually remembered me. In the morning, I checked my inbox on my iPhone and there was a response from Shelby. She did, indeed, still work there, remembered me and was more than happy to set up a last minute tour. Our group leader was none other than the President & CEO of the Hall, Terry Stewart, who is a wealth of knowledge. We started in the Vault once again and this time got to see John Lennon's first passport. Awesome.

photo credit: Reba's Twitter

And, even more importantly than seeing some of the items that make up rock & roll's huge history, I reconnected with Shelby and look forward to continuing a great friendship with her!

Just another perk of traveling for a living.... And of having the "search" feature in Mail.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

100 Little Pleasures of (Touring) Life : #1

Indianapolis, IN: One of my favorite websites to read is Google Reader. Mainly because it's the place I keep a list of the blogs I subscribe to. I don't know everyone who writes these blogs and for the most part, I don't even read these blogs everyday or every time they're updated. I may have read one blog post that I liked, so I'll save the entire blog to my subscription list and suddenly, I've got 100+ blogs I get updates on.

One of the blogs I tend to glance at the titles of (mainly because I don't have the time or patience to read the entire post) is 1000 Awesome Things, which is, exactly what it says it is. Random things that happen in life that are simply awesome. Nothing too big, mostly unnoticed, but when you stop and think about them, they just make your day. Some of my favorite examples (and by favorite, I mean the most recent ones that clicked for me) are:

Leaving your belt in your pants for tomorrow (currently on my hotel room floor)

When dust gets so big you can pick it up with your hand (what happens everytime I return home from a long stint on the road)

Drinking with Grandma (ok, doesn't happen so much with my Grandma - unless it's hot water, that it - but I still love the idea!)

So after reading this and having a little moment of awesomeness myself in the wee hours of morning, I decided to start my own version of 1000 Awesome Things... via the road life. I'm now introducing a random, every-now-and-again feature on my blog called

100 Little Pleasures of (Touring) Life.

*100 because that is more realistic than 1000 (though I should have started at 10!)
*little pleasures because sometimes they're not awesome, but they do make me smile
*touring life because some of this stuff just doesn't translate into "real" life (air quotes semi-appropriate)

I'm not giving myself a schedule or timeline with this, I'm just hoping it makes me pay more attention to my day to day, similar to what the 365 project is doing for me.

And for my first attempt at listing 100 Little Pleasures of (Touring) Life....

#1 : Waking up at a super early time in the morning with just enough energy to get the band checked into the hotel and the driver parked up, but still sleepy enough to get back to bed in your own room.

While touring in a bus, shows are usually anywhere from 3-6 hours apart. Which means, by the time we get rolling on the bus, and I have a gotten everything prepped for the morning (next day's info sheet hung, hotel called with our ETA, possible relaxing beer drank), it's already an hour and a half into the trip. This is the crucial part where you decide if you stay awake or not.

In cases of a 3 hour trip, I can usual hang in there with just a little baby-headding in the jump seat. However, when you're pushing 4 or 5 hours, there's just no way I'm going to stay awake. I'll crawl into my bunk for, what I hope will be a light nap, but as soon as my alarm goes off and the bus stops, I feel like I've just been yanked from the deepest sleep of my life.

The next portion is crucial: you must be awake enough to be coherent at the front desk and make sure you have all of your room key packs, plus make sure the driver knows exactly where to park the bus. However, you don't want to wake up TOO much so that when you can finally get yourself and your bags to your own room, you don't lay down with your mind already spinning in to-do motion.

This morning I was in the perfect zone of awake-but-not-all-the-way and was able to fall right back to sleep in my comfy bed before I had any time to let the realities of the day notice I was awake.

And that is just the first (of 100) little pleasure of touring life.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Good Is Good

Nashville, TN:

Things that are good:

moonlighting in Florida

appearance in March's Food & Wine Magazine (showing my best side, of course)

my favorite nonprofit getting a shout out by one of my favorite bosses

The resurfacing of one of my favorite books

seeing this face in mere hours

good IS good.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Wisdom From A Goose

San Antonio, TX:

which can comfort
in the darkest nights
and brightest mornings:

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pandora's Box

Las Vegas, NV: I haven't been inspired much by new music lately. I have my iTunes catalog full of some favorite standards (Josh Rouse, Ryan Adams, The Beatles, 70s soft rock, early 90s R&B and a few of my former bosses), but honestly don't have the patience to dedicate to finding new music to learn to love.

That's the beauty of Pandora. Especially while in hotel rooms getting ready for the day, I'll choose a station featuring an artist I'm familiar with and they'll play a few songs in a row that are recognizable. Just when I'm relaxed and not really paying attention anymore, I'll notice a voice of someone I don't know and I start to listen. Every once in a while, a line will catch me and remind me of a someone or a somewhere and I investigate further.

The latest, this morning, is by Rosi Golan, via Adele.

What if I fall and hurt myself?
Would you know how to fix me
What if I went and lost myself?
Would you know where to find me
If I forgot who I am,
Would you please remind me?
Cause without you things go hazy

Ahhhh.... just the perfect amount of inspiration I need.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

If A Picture Paints A Thousand Words

Nashville, TN: I'm pissed that I haven't been blogging very much, though am also very conscious of the fact that I haven't had much time with my big to do list (tho is it ever very small?). The real reason I'm bummed is that I've been on the road a bit and considering this blog is called "musings from the road," I would like to think I could at least keep up with that aspect of it.

But if I did write, it would probably just be a blog complaining about my lack of time, and I think I've done enough of those already.

The good news is that I've been keeping up with my 365 Project. Though I don't upload everyday, I make it a point to keep an eye out for photos and it's fun to look back at the month of January and see where I've been and what I've been doing. I suppose I could have just uploaded pictures each day to my blog, but I wanted to keep it separate in case I actually had something to say.

So far, not much to say, but at least a little something to show. And if a picture paints a thousand words, here are 31,000 for January.