Over the last month, I have learned what true cold feels like. The South has annoying cold. The Northeast has wet, snowy cold. Canada has ‘why would anyone live here’ cold. They speak fondly of their summer season, then in the same breath lament, that though it is magnificent, it is only 2 months long. In the last month I’ve experienced stunning mountains, frozen prairies, and temperatures the same as the surface of Mars. The Journey isn’t over yet!Read More
Wow! What a year it has been! I got the opportunity to see more of the world this year. Some places I had been before, but there were many new locations as well. For those that don’t know, I was the Programming Engineer for Shakira’s world tour, hence my absence in Nashville. Throughout the course of things, many new friends were made and adventures had. From touchy airport security, to questionable runners, there are more stories than can fit in one post.Read More
That name cracks me up. ‘Spacebar’ is the tour industry term for the position of ‘Programming Engineer’. It is a massive oversimplification, while at the same time, if you do your job correctly, that is exactly all you do during the show. The dark side of the spacebar are the moments, always unexpected, where you keep the space ship from spinning out of control.Read More
Seasons are beautiful! They are what help divide the months, the years, and give motion and a sense of time to our lives. This past year, my seasons brought me an end to living life alone, gave me a wonderful family, and taught me lessons in ways that only a new season can. In one year, I saw frozen Niagara Falls, military bases in the conflict torn Middle East, played music with great friends, saw places that few ever get to, and married the love of my life, Natalie. I am only now starting to realize all that has changed. This new season is a wonderful one!Read More
One of the wonderful things about the traveling life is jet lag. Seriously, it is like a time warp that you get to experience several times a year, and get paid for. While the experience isn't always completely pleasant, it is always a harbinger of new adventures to come.Read More
We have all frozen here in Nashville the past couple days. . . and my traveling may be responsible. I started 2014 with a trip up to Buffalo and then to Niagara Falls to set up a show for Spirit Productions. When I got up there, the runway in Buffalo, NY was covered in snow, while our plane landed, and the high temp was 1 degree with a -35 wind chill for days.Read More
This last weekend was a whirlwind trip to Denmark with Kerrie Roberts. It accomplished two life goals of mine. First, to perform, in a professional capacity, on stage in Europe! Yep, it took awhile, but I finally did it. Second, I have now visited both lands of my ancestors, Germany being the other, in case that wasn't terribly apparent.Read More
I made a trip up to New York City a couple weeks ago for an audition. It was a crazy bit of travel, several airplanes, buses, a subway and a taxi, but I finally made it to my destination. This was a trip for work, but it worked out so that my down time happened in a couple big chunks. Fortunately, the weather was nice enough that I could walk around and explore this city that I work in several times a year, but have not been able to sightsee in since childhood.