Right in the middle of an e x t e n d e d travel jag right now. Do have some music news as well.
So maybe let’s cover that first:
Hey! I’ve got yet another new single up on Spotify! In The End has seen a lot of good play in open mic and drop-in band action in Massachusetts and Alberta over the past few months, so it was time to finally drop the recorded version.
There are more songs in the works, too. More on that in a bit.
First: travel updates. The good news is that I have gotten to visit and experience yet another faraway place – one that really belongs on a list of must-see places. The bad news is that I really just barely experienced Antananarivo, and cast only the briefest of glances at Madagascar.
I’m pretty much an accidental tourist in cases like these, but one of my favorite things to do when forced to travel for business is to get out and explore the city. In many cases I am able to just walk around and observe life, browse newsstands and grocery stores, take pictures of old railway stations, etc, even when it is quite obvious that I am not a native – that I neither look nor speak like the people around me.
Unfortunately, this kind of exploration is not that easy to work in to such a short stay in Antananarivo. So: for this trip, I do my own variation of the Joe Walsh “live in hotels, tear out the walls” (which in my case involves writing songs and maybe playing Roblox) and then go on my merry way.
And then get home from Antananarivo late on a Saturday, do laundry on a Sunday, and then head straight off to Edmonton.
I love this town, I’ve loved this town for a long time, and it really is a second home to me. I know the flow of the city whether it’s +30°C or -40°C. Either way, I don’t care. Plus, I have found a real community out here – friends I love to see and spend time with, places I love to see through the seasons, sunrises and sunsets that I don’t see very much anywhere else.
Then home again on a Friday afternoon, another run of laundry, dry cleaning, cleaning the house, spending time with family, and then off to another plane. This time to Vancouver. An oddly cold and snowy Vancouver. Another of the most beautiful places on Earth, and another where I have wandered far and wide.
Home again by red eye on Thursday so that I get into the house around lunchtime on Friday. Sunday fly out to Tampa, fly home again on Tuesday.
And then rest.
And God I need a rest. This rockstar life without actually being a rockstar can be very tiring. Neil Peart once wrote that trying to figure out a different shower every night is hard enough, never mind a coffee maker. Suffice to say I can relate. Also, rental cars have a learning curve, and why do so many automakers use exactly the opposite directions for engaging windshield wipers? I assure you, this is not a thing one wants to be fumbling with when one truly needs them!
One real benefit of being on planes is it seems to bring out ideas for new songs. I had listed a few things I was working on in the last blog. Well, the flight back from Edmonton last week provided yet another new song, Clouds, which got tracked in demo form last Saturday. And another set of riffs came during the flight out to Vancouver today.
International rockstar traveller, indeed!
*(Apologies and thanks to My Chemical Romance)