We have secured the final dates for our December tour and I can already feel the anticipation beginning to rise. This is cathartic for many reasons, but mostly, California has proven to be a magical place for us. It could be the sun, the food, the beautiful people (yeah, we see you), the summer festivals (Oh the festivals!!) but in reflecting on those individual things, it feels as though I'm missing something.
It's impossible to capture the reflection of the sky in Lake Tahoe as the sun slips behind the mountains. I don't think I can explain how the stars look, hovering over the tops of the pine trees, or how the fog gently hugs the coastline and bridge foundations, sliding over the hills until it eventually covers everything until only the shining peaks of buildings show. How do you pay tribute to the kind hearts and amazing personalities we have encountered? How do you celebrate the diversity, the inclusion, the sense of family that so many are willing to provide? And how are you supposed to discuss any of it without sounding like a pot smoking tree hugger? Whatever, call me a tree hugger. I'll take it. As many of us were not so gently reminded last week, there are far worse things to be. Jokes aside and considering what is happening in this country right now, I keep remembering all the wonderful people I encountered and all the love I felt and I am comforted in my belief that the world is basically good.
Needless to say, California, we miss you. We could use dose of your 'goodness' and in exchange we promise to bring that sweet, hot, melodic fire we have been perfecting since we've last seen you.
LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS! (to defeat the huns...sorry I can't help it)
We will be arriving in San Francisco with a day to kill (that loosely translates to 'get in some solid hang time with our buds in Midtown Social and Smoked Out Soul) before we hit the Elbo Room on Thursday with Baby and the Luvies. We have been extremely fortunate to work with some great San Francisco acts (see above), this group is no exception. Wow.