As I have posted before, this three weeks of "time off" hasn't felt much like a break or a vacation. For me, "time off" generally means catching up with things that didn't get done while on tour, such a forgotten bills and cleaning house. There's nothing like coming home to a bunch of unopened mail . . . yeah! what fun!
In addition to the rountine maintanence of home economics, I have had to balance the work load that comes with buying a home and moving into it. I'm so excited to finally invest into some property after years of renting; however, being my first home, it's been a lot of work learning and researching about what this whole process means. I'm happy to go through it nonetheless.
So another year has gone by and I find myself again packing and arranging a move (fortunately, this time it's only about 15 miles instead of 1000 miles). It's an arduous process and one of self-reflection or self-purging. How is it that I accumulate so much crap in one year! And why can't I convince myself that it is unimportant and should be thrown away?! We fill our lives with junk and don't even realize it. It's always around the second day on packing that I just want to throw it all away, become a monk, and live in hut in some remote forest, meditating, reading, and praying.
In about three days, we are going to start rehearsals for our fall tour. It will be great to play music on a daily basis again and see how the new set will develop. We usually practice for about 8 hours a day for about a week. We are going out with a light show; so the whole thing should go up to the next level. The first show is September 19th in Seattle at the Showbox and the last is November 19th in Ft. Lauderdale at the Culture Room.
Two months of touring will go by fast, especially since we are playing almost every night. I really prefer it that way. If I'm going to be out on the road, away from my family, I want to be playing and playing amazing shows. If not, I'm just wasting time, and that is why I hate "days off." They are usually wasted away in some remote place on the earth . . . I guess there goes the monk idea.