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October 11, 2009 Guess I’m Fringe but I Still Got the Itch

So the West, as they say, is different than the East because of one thing alone: SPACE. So it makes sense it’s been so long since I’ve written, right? (how’s that for poetic license?)

When I last wrote I had entered the Northwest. After conquering the Pacific, I traveled to Oregon and played a string of shows from Portland to Eugene, all pretty standard shows as shows go. Low lights, loud songs, attempted connections, missed opportunities. All in the small world of rock shows…

Managed to write/finish a new song in Portland (a rare occasion on the road) and tried it out in Bend. It’s called “Reflections of a Gallery Janitor” and it’s about an art gallery janitor, who, being an artist himself (though an unnoticed one), decides the only way to match the fame of the artists surrounding him is to burn down the gallery. It would evolve over the next few shows as I added some layers, as I do.

Beaches, weddings, retreats, more National Parks, and a few weeks passed, and I was in windy San Francisco with my new friend, poison oak (ugh). Nevertheless, got to play with my old friends from Maine, Citadelle, who had changed their sound a lot since I last saw them 2 years ago (less 60s influences, more muscle and songwriting variation). Kimo’s was a cool venue on two floors- the bottom bar was full of older men who seemed pretty excited over the prospect of a few young indie rockers joining their ranks. Made sure to keep an eye on my drinks that evening! We had a good time upstairs; our little world in the middle of a big city.

Los Angeles came after- Santa Monica to be exact- and the crowd totally made the show this time- kindness welcomed me into LA County- totally unexpected! I was thinking it’d be unforgiving and filthy. Venice Beach, the museum of Jurassic Technology, Sunken City…so many interesting, entertaining things in that city. Played Huntington Beach (the town where my parents met) which was cool. Neat to see the womb of my family- thank god it’s on the coast. San Diego was soon after (cheap Mexican food!) and I ended up jamming with a member of Unwritten Law after the show…?? Good folks dispersed throughout all of this…

So many people telling me they are envious of my travels, telling me to keep “doing it”- and by all means I’m Doing It…it’s good confirmation, but mark my word the next time it will be with a band in tow. I can’t wait to muscle out these songs as a three piece when I get back to Asheville.

I’ve reached 10,000 miles for this trip.

Next: desert, and 2 weeks from “home”- whatever that means at this point.

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