Saturday September 17 2016


Waking up at 11:17 a.m.

Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.

Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Olive Oil Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.

At the Embrace The Culture festival at Town Point Park in Norfolk. I’m on with Ladada at 5 p.m. opening before other successful acts like Amasa Hines. We’ve gotten used to playing big stages like these now. I’m reminded again of how much I miss touring, and the road, and performing around the world. Our band deserves to be successful. It is something I rate as the top thing I want to do in my life, which is be successful in a band that does original music.

Bobby and Jon have prior obligations after our set. I chill with Josiah and Bianca for a bit but go solo around the park, observing all the cool features of the fest: a silent disco, gigantic Jenga, foosball, ping pong, etc. I say hello to a few familiar faces like Doug, Angel, Renee, and Kelsie. Grabbing a few Tuna Fish Tacos from a food truck and enjoying them by the harbor. A lot of things racing through my mind – questioning what I’m about to do with my life by taking on Music Makers. I just want to be happy making music.

My day continues at Jerry’s in Chesapeake for a DEJA gig. I get behind the keys and do the same thing I did last night with these guys. I’m just going through the motions – Styx, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd, Queen, etc. I can feel the struggle from these guys continuing to stay alive in the genre of music they grew up in. But a new generation always comes after and I simply don’t feel connected to the old generation. I can play it. I can dig it. I can understand it. But I want to feel connected with what I’m doing. After the set, I get tons of compliments about DEJA, how great they think we are. “Note for note,” someone says.

Back home. Enjoying Chocolate Cake with Ana and Elvie.

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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