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Notes from the Road

As the year 2023 winds down, I find myself in a reflective state, nestled between the exhilarating highs and the inevitable lows of a musician's life. It's a journey of contrasts, where the thrill of performance meets the introspective moments of solitude.

Our final tour stop is San Francisco, a city that mirrors the complexities of our profession. It's a place where the vibrant energy of life coexists with poignant reminders of deeper societal struggles. Here, against the backdrop of this multifaceted city, we're set to bring our holiday spirit through music.

This year has been a whirlwind, taking me from the familiar comfort of Mississippi to the far-flung corners of the globe like Dubai. Each destination has woven its unique thread into the fabric of my experiences. The constant travel, though exhilarating, comes with its own set of challenges. Living out of a suitcase, adapting to different time zones, and finding comfort in unfamiliar places are just a few of the hurdles we face on the road.

The life of a touring musician is a unique existence. It's about finding home in hotel rooms, creating routines in transient spaces, and embracing the nomadic lifestyle that comes with the territory. The joy of exploring new cities and cultures is often tempered by the physical and emotional toll of being away from loved ones.

Yet, amidst these challenges, there's an undeniable magic in performing. Siting on stage, pouring out your soul through your instrument, is an act of raw honesty and vulnerability. It's a moment where you connect with strangers on the most profound level, sharing a piece of your heart with every note.

As I look forward to a brief respite at home, my mind is already buzzing with plans for the upcoming year. The new year beckons with promises of fresh challenges and opportunities, including nurturing a project in New Orleans and diving into a new business venture. My aim is to find a balance between the chaos of touring and the grounding force of personal growth.

Being a musician is more than a career; it's a life choice that few can fully grasp. It's a path filled with constant motion, rich experiences, and the bittersweet longing for the familiar. As I share these reflections, I hope to offer you a glimpse into a world that's as challenging as it is rewarding.



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