A lil blogpost…..just about life these days…..
Since November, my life has changed, taken a sudden turn and I have to re-arrange my entire world now.
It has not been an easy time, in fact, it’s been the hardest time of my life really. I’ve had a few crappy things happen to me over the years (then again, who doesn’t?), but this whole experience has been the worst. To say it has been a challenge would be a bloody understatement.
My life will never be the same. Some days I feel as if I’m in mourning. Other days, I’m just grateful the outcome wasn’t worse. Some days I have a barrage of emotions that hijack my brain and tire me out.
Today was a good day though. The sun was just perfect and there was a nice breeze blowing and I made the most of practicing, I have my classical guitar exams in April.
Musically, there’s hope for another Kobo Town tour this summer, we’ll see what happens. I love touring.
Life sure is unpredictable, and messy.
I plan to write about my health and life sometime in the near future, but not now, when the dust settles and I can assess the situation and outcome with a clearer head.
For anyone wondering what in the heck is going on with me, all I can say is that I’m ok, trying to be the best I can and recovering one step at a time.
Time. That’s all we have really.
In spite of all this, I’ve been trying to practice as much as possible and by golly, I think I’m getting the kinks out of my playing, but I really have to plug along and sometimes force myself to practice.
Strangely, whenever I do, I’m always happy that I did make the effort.
Music is truly a miracle.
So, first I burned a part of my wrist with steam from a pot on sunday, and as of today, the skin has turned a nice crimson colour.
Subsequent to that, the skin has burst, so it is raw and painful.
When it happened, I pulled my hand away from the pot as quickly as I could, then ran my hand under room temperature water for a bit. There was a fair amount of pain.
The strange thing is, my hand just came close to the steam for all of two seconds, and long after I took my hand away from the pot, long after I had turned off the water and just sat there just looking at my hand, my hand was still feeling the pain.
First the area throbbed, then it got red with heat, then it raised within an hour.
I was amazed at how much skin registers something, almost as if skin has a memory of its’ own. Or is it the nerve endings that are transmitting the pain signal to my wrist?
I have no idea, but what I am curious about is, surely this must apply to muscle memory, and the way our hands learn patterns of notes on the guitar, whether it be chords, scales, licks, riffs, etc.
It must be, how else would we remember all these things at a moment’s notice.
Anyway, I don’t hand any scientific evidence to back up my theory, it’s just my own limited conclusion – that our body remembers the sensation of objects, incidents, people, places. And that forms neurological pathways so we can recall this information within the flick of an eye.
And to top it all off, that was my right-hand wrist which I burned on sunday, I have also cut my thumb and ring finger with those irritating paper burns that burn like hell!
What a week!
So we came back to Canada on August 6th…had two days off and then drove to Montreal. We flew to Gaspe, QC to play one show at the Festival du Bout du Monde. We arrived late on Wednesday night and walked around the town…..small and nice.
We had a relaxing following day and played a great set that night, the crowd was just on fire and we had a grand old time…..we didn’t stay up late to enjoy the rest of the night as we had an early morning flight the next day on friday back to Montreal, then a drive to Sherbrooke’s Festival du Monde.
Now that show did not turn out how we intended at all…..
More of that in my next post …….’Just one of those days’…..
So we drove to Slovenia on thursday. We arrived here late at night and was treated to the best hospitality anyone can find. We’re staying on a farm overlooking the roaming hills of the town of Slovenj Gradec.
Our first gig was yesterday but there was such a torrential downpour that everything had to be cancelled and postponed till today.
We ended up in KLUB bar where we jammed ole-time kaiso tunes for close to two hours. A good time was had by all. So, albeit in an informal way, we still performed for the fine folks here in Slovenia.
So tonight we will play in the cultural centre and tomorrow we leave.
So far, this place has the best coffee I’ve ever had. The people are super friendly, we’re eating organic, farm-grown produce and diary.
What a place!
So I made an attempt to blog everyday on this tour, but so far time has been a lil crazy since arriving in Germany.
We’ve had one show so far at St. Katarina stage at Bardentreffen Festival, Nuremberg.
We have our final show today at 2PM (local time here) and then we leave tomorrow. We’ll play Slovenia at the end of the week.
In between all that, we’ll be roaming across Europe.
Many many pics to follow
Till my next post….
So the band met and rehearsed the set last night. It was great to see those guys after such a long while.
Here’s some pics from the practice session.
Tomorrow, we’ll be in Germany.
So my flight was delayed a bit….I arrived in TO by 11am, was met by Drew and we had lunch and went to Long & Mcquade and bought some supplies for the European Tour (cables, tuners, etc). The band will meet to rehearse tomorrow and then we fly to Germany on Wednesday
I met a good friend after work for drinks at the Drake Hotel. There was a ‘Food Chef’ competition. We ended up meeting a couple of trinidadian women there and their friends, we talked about life and music.
Here’s some pics from today.
So I leave tonight to meet my fellow bandmates in Kobo Town, we’ll rehearse for two days and then head to Germany. We’ll be playing the Bardentreffen Festival in Nurnburg on the weekend.
Here’s the festival’s itinerary.
I almost can’t believe that this is happening, I haven’t been on tour in three years.
I’ll be posting here as often as I can with updates about the European tour and anything else I can think of.
See you guys on the road…..