Saturday August 17 2019



I’m on tour with the Ladada boys. Lying down in the back of the van while Josiah drives us to Omaha, or somewhere in the Midwest. It feels like it’s been four hours or something like that. It’s lightly raining and of course it’s leaking through the back window right onto my amp. I awkwardly kneel on the backseat where Jonnie is napping and try to cover everything but the garbage bag I have has holes. Meanwhile, we’re driving through an interesting part of our route where the main road has turned into grassy terrain and we’re right in the middle of a carnival. We’re looking for a place to eat but all we have is carnival food. We park somewhere behind a building. The side door window cracked and there’s a gaping jagged hole in it. I open the door carefully and make conversation with a lady asking her where we can get some decent food – she says we’re about 50 minutes out.    



Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. English Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

Figs and Orange Honeydew Melon that tastes like a Dreamscicle.


Grilled PB&J Blueberry Bagel. Plantain Chips. Coffee.

Watching a documentary about The Family (2019).


Ana and I head to Norfolk. There’s a bunch of shows happening all in one night – it’s like our own mini SXSW. First up is Ladada, Suburban Living, and The Evening Attraction at Smartmouth Brewing. Elliott brought Wesley’s band in his big van. Linking up with friends and drinking beers. Each band is supposed to play like an hour. It’s a fun show. A lot of the regulars recognize me from Musicplayer and such. Eating some Brisket, French Fries, and Coleslaw from the food truck. After the show the load out is always a good time. Josiah and Alec sit in the front seat of the van and mention how the best part of playing a show is the load out camaraderie. Elliott pulls out his hand constructed bodgieboard, something we used to ride down hills back in the day. I joke with him he should build more and start offering rides to people at the beach.




Will and I ride over to Taphouse down the street for another show featuring all 3-piece bands including Ana’s band (Community Witch), The Swell Fellas (a show-offy talented rock band), Towards Space (a frenetic melodic punk band from Richmond), and veterans, Snake Mountain Revival. Ana is nervous cause it’s kind of like their first genuine show at a venue besides houses and Utopia Feni. They do well and she’s got a fierce energy. I’m proud of her. I know this project really means a lot to her. Off and on chilling in the back room with Josiah and Aaron.








Back home after real late. Sleeping next to Ana.


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