Dear Reader, you find me today in a lack of sleep groove. As in, hey, I have not had enough. I’ve had another bout of insomnia. I get in bed. Toss and turn for a bit. Alarm goes off at 7:30. After two weeks of this—plus the time change, gigs, and a few late nights out—I’m busted up.
Had our first official rehearsal with Chris Jago, who’ll be playing the kit for us. It was a success! Say hello to Chris at the next show. Speaking of: we’ve been booking up a storm. We’ll be heading out to Santa Maria later this month. Next month, we’ll be doing the first full band Los Angeles show since moving and getting settled at The Mint for the Hunnypot Live Holiday Party.
Oh, the holidays are upon us already.
Speaking of, Henry and I will be in Raleigh for a couple of weeks in December. We’ll be playing a date at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, but mainly will be setting aside time every day to write the next Aloud record. (Yes, there’s already one in the can.) In fact, I got to listen to masters this weekend. And then it still has to come out. But we’re itching to keep going. Itching to keep writing. We’ll write it over the break and demo it when we’re back in LA.
We’ve spent the last week putting together set lists, writing lyrics, having phone meetings, filming, catching shows—
—and playing shows (De Oro Mine Co — where we met Steff and Evan who’d seen us at The Milestone back in Charlotte, NC!!!! And even met a friend of Henry’s dad who was out West).
More in the small world/Boston connection world: attended another Play Like A Girl panel at The Hi Hat. This time the subject was radio and the DJs on stage had once worked at WBCN. The expat Bostonian community is strong in LA! Also, these panels are incredibly useful if you are musician. If you’re in LA avail yourself of this resource and drop a few bucks in the tip jar on your way out to help keep this going.
Continuing on the Northeast theme, our good friend and musical counterpart Tom Stuart (Radio America/Cold Blood Club) has been visiting over the couple days and with all these old friends in town all the time it’s like nothing’s changed. Late nights screaming the lyrics to “Bittersweet Symphony” to continue.
What have I been reading? Yes, yes I’ll tell you. Petty by Warren Zanes (did you know Full Moon Fever was recorded in garage???). Blew through Murakami’s South of the Border, West of the Sun in a day and a half. God, do I love reading Murakami. Now I’m rereading The Dharma Bums. It takes place in California going up and down the coast on trains. Picking that up and reading about these cities I’ve just been to… the mountains in Santa Barbara, the next stop in SLO and then up to San Francisco… California was one of these places that had a bit of a mythical status in my mind from reading books as a kid, so sometimes I can’t believe I’m living here.
Not that I don’t miss those beautiful Boston brownstones. ;)