Well, well, well. It is indeed snowing here in Chapel Hill. Not just a few flakes, this stuff is REALLY coming down. It just started like this about 2 minutes ago, although it’s been kinda sleety/rainy/barely snowy since I woke up. But this? Oh yeah, it’s just COMING DOWN. I love it! It did snow for a couple of minutes last Saturday at Jenn’s birthday party, but I only saw like 4 flakes.
So! Yes, I’m here in CH, NC. So far I’ve been pretty dang happy. Been hanging out with my friends nearly every day and just having a great time. Jenn & I had our first “band meeting” back on Tuesday and everything went really well and we are most defintely on the same page musically. Tomorrow she and Eric are having me over for dinner and I’m positive we’ll get some good playing time in. Already the inspiration faucet has been turned back on, as about 2 minutes after Jenn left on Tuesday I started to write a new song. Composing makes me happy.
I hope it doesn’t get icy today, as we’re planning on going to see a band tonight. And I live on a hill with a very curvy road. But snow, heh, I’ll take that all day long. It’s just beautiful to watch it fall.
I was in this same position 4 1/2 years ago; leaving Texas for North Carolina. I’m in a different frame of mind this time. I know what awaits me and I’m as excited as I’ve been in a LONG time.
Julie and I head out today. Lotsa driving. It’s been almost a year since we went on a road trip (Colorado, to see Brian and Alaina last Feb) so it feels good to about-to embark.
Thanks to all the family and friends who’ve wished me good luck and safe driving and every thing else.
See ya soon!
First off, big congratulations are in order for one of the greatest people on Earth: my great friend Brian turns 30 today. Brian was the best man at my wedding, taught me how to ski, was a friend to me when no one else would be, got me into a lot of trouble (and vice versa), still makes me laugh more than any other single person on the planet, and also was the one who got me into Iron Maiden and thus was directly responsible for me becoming a bassist and musician. If you know him then you already know: Brian Rules.
Happy Birthday homie.
Other good news of the day, I just now finished the electric guitar parts for my album. That means I’m one step closer to having the album done. It’s actually going to be a reality and I’m quite happy at the way it’s turning out. Matt, thanks a million for letting me borrow your equipment!
Last night I went out and saw what will probably be my last show while living in Dallas. I think it’s only fitting that I saw some country and bluegrass stuff. The opener was the Sidehill Gougers, a country trio from Austin (http://www.myspace.com/thesidehillgougers) who were quite cool. They put on a good show with great vocals and the lead guitarist tore it up (even if for only a song, the rest of the time he restrained himself). This is the kind of country that I like, the Texas Country stuff. Anyone who lives here in the state knows what I’m talking about. Not that horrible pop country that’s played on the radio. I had actually seen them play a month or so back opening for Hayes Carll at the Gypsy Tea Room. That was another great show. I’d recommed going to see Hayes Carll as well, some great songs and great musicianship, esp. from the bassist and drummer.
The headliners (who Julie and I went to see…the Gougers were a great bonus) were The Greencards, a “bluegrass” group made up of 2 Australians, an Irishman and a guy from Chicago. Oh my gosh, these guys are SO incredible. It’s not traditional bluegrass, because they also throw in a lot of folk, country, and even some traditional sounding Italian music. The vocals are stellar and all four of them are just awesome musicians. The mandolinist…wow. I have never seen someone play like that on a mandolin. He *shredded* on it. The guitarist was great as well. OK, *all* of them are. I highly recommend this band. They tour all over the country constantly, so I’m sure they’ll be somewhat close to you sometime soon. http://www.thegreencards.com & http://www.myspace.com/thegreencards
I was just in such a wonderful place last night while listening to those bands. I mean, that’s really why I’m a musician, just the vibe of the whole night. I loved it and it made me even more excited to get my music going with Jennifer. Hell yeah!