It’s a beautiful thing to be back home. :-) I’m just padding around like a housecat, and screwing around on the computer a lot. I was fucking around with tour photos a lot yesterday… there are a million of ‘em. Showed them all to John last night, he was very impressed. This is the first tour I’ve done with a decent camera and it really paid off!! I tried uploading all the pictures en masse to my .Mac account but it’s buggy as hell… it keeps repeating photos and erasing descriptions and just doing things that I never told it to. I’m not sure if that’s the fault of .Mac or of iPhoto, but either way that won’t work. So I’m doing it the old-fashioned way, making my own thumbnails and adding the pictures into my gallery pages one at a time.
Damn, the link to my photos page has been wrong for over a month now. My bad! John says he kept meaning to tell me about that; I was also alerted by one of the fans I talked to while I was on tour.
I’ll be posting tour photos pretty soon, when I get ‘em organized and labeled. Also my inbox is downloaded now, so anybody who took pictures at the shows can go ahead and send me copies, and/or send me URLs where I can grab ‘em for myself. :-)
I’m back, and very exhausted. John met me at the airport and we’ve been jabbering for hours. We just had some Thai food, and now he’s going off to do soundcheck for his birthday show tonight at the Hideout… I’m going to stay home and take a little disco nap and then go out there to see the show. I’ll write more in the next few days when I get my head back on straight. Sure is wonderful to be back home. :-)
Part of Woody West, a roving series of concerts featuring indie folk/country/rootsy type bands
My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals)
Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.
I’m feeling better now about everything. Jan isn’t half as bad as I’ve made him out to be, though he could be a few cards short of a full deck I guess. His mistake was to not shut up after I told him and Ryan about ten times that I was getting upset by the things they were saying and I didn’t want to hear it anymore. It made them defensive and they kept talking about it, and I kept getting more upset, which led to the utter frustration you see in the previous journal entry.
19 down, one to go. Or did I screw up the math? Anyway I feel a lot better now, we just ate some great Palestinian food and I took a vitamin. :-) We’re leaving early tomorrow morning to go do the last show in Gothenburg (I’m sure I’m spelling that wrong) and then we have to drive after the gig to get me and Ryan to the airport back here in Oslo for our early-morning flights back to Chicago. Poor Ryan has a 24-hour layover in London because the travel agent got his dates all wacky… I feel like that’s my fault since I didn’t really double-check that stuff when we ordered the ticket, but oh well. I reckon he’s forgiven me for worse things in his time. :-| Anyway, I plan to play a really good show in Gothenburg, no two ways about it. All the shows have been pretty-good-to-great, and I don’t want to change that formula. :-D Maybe I’ll get a chance to blog at the airport in Munich (my one stopover) but if not, I’ll write when I get back hoooooome!!
My show in Stockholm got reviewed yesterday in Aftonbladet, one of Sweden’s biggest newspapers. I don’t really know what it says — I think they liked the show in general but since it was only a duo and not a full band, they only gave it 3 of 5 stars. Whatever dude, I played my best!
John got all worried about me what with that last post I put in this morning. I just had a bad night, I’m not feeling too hot and I’m extremely discombobulated with all the traveling to places I’ve never been. We’ve been traveling without a map and I have no earthly idea where the hell I am in this world. I saw a road map at one of the gas stations on the way back to Oslo and I couldn’t even find a single city I recognized!! Couldn’t find Oslo or Stockholm or anything else I recognized. I might as well be in some imaginary country that Dr. Seuss invented. Actually the shows themselves have been going great. The audiences have been super good here in Scandinavia. Nothing to complain about there. I’m just tiiiired from lack of sleep and I wanna go home, but other than that nothing’s going too wrong. I’ve been getting a lot of grief over the sorry state of my music’s distribution here, and that makes me feel bad, but it’s nothing a good cheeseburger won’t cure. :-) Hope this makes more sense?