So yeah. I've neglected this blog over the last week. My schedule has not permitted me to post a proper entry. Well, I just wanted to take a little time to fill you all in on what I've been up to.
Over the past ten days, I performed five times in three different states. On June 25th and 26th, I made it down to Decatur, Alabama to play music at the Persacon Anime Conference. I performed at this event last year, but this time I stepped it up a couple of notches. First off, I brought my trusty vintage Roland JD-800 synthesizer to add other sounds and textures to various songs. Secondly, I actually wore costumes this year!!!
The first costume was a Japan airlines jacket along with white bell-bottom-ish slacks.
My second costume was one that I wore all day Saturday. It was a red velvet and bejeweled Asian gown that my Mom found and gave to me. Prior to this event, I've only been wearing it at Halloween. I was quite happy to finally have an occasion to wear it . . .
This year's Persacon event was so much fun. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone who came by my merch table and attended my show. My full set on Saturday night was quite memorable. I was able to borrow The Man Power's drummer Cody War Hammer to play on a couple of my songs. He is a very skilled and intuitive drummer, and I was honored to have him on my set. I debuted a new song and a new cover. My version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was incredibly well-received.
The other musicians at this event were Nashville punk-rock band The Man Power and the funktastic Texas-based Electric Attitude. Both bands played lively and energetic sets. Good stuff.
My friend Ryn and her cosplay group deservedly won Best Cosplay Group this year.
They looked awesome . . .
Overall, my Persacon experience this year was truly stellar!!! The event staff and security were so accommodating, kind, and helpful. It will all be a special memory I will treasure for a long time to come.
On Sunday night, June 27th, I performed back in Nashville, TN at the legendary Exit/In. It was a gorgeous set with violinist Laurel Blackman and drummer Dave Dykstra. I won't be performing much in Nashville for the rest of the year, and so this was a lovely hometown show before I venture outside of Tennessee again.
On Friday, July 2nd, I was in Charlotte, NC and sang several songs in front of a very special and appreciative audience. This was a private show on a real piano. I LOVE LOVE LOVED this piano. Sigh.
On July 3rd, I played an impromptu set at a 4th of July party in Unionville, NC on a delicious vintage piano.
On Sunday July 4th, I performed my cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for New Life MCC church in Charlotte, NC. I thought it was a fitting piece to play on our country's Independence Day.
I spent my weekend (July 1st-5th) gallivanting across North and South Carolina.
Here is a list of stuff I did . . .
Enjoyed art and dinner with friends at the NoDa Gallery Crawl in Charlotte, NC.
Devoured Creme Brulee
Had some super cheesy nachos at Lupie's in Charlotte.
Attended a small-town 4th of July parade in Unionville, NC.
Played on a gorgeous vintage piano.
Stopped in Asheville, NC for grilled steak and singing with my buddy Wes.
Drove through open fields and small towns in South Carolina.
Did a Will & Grace marathon and watched the final season.
Almost bought a painting that I can kick myself for not buying. (Ugh!!)
Spent quality time with quality people. Time very well spent.
I am now back in Nashville to carry on with a few things. On Friday, my official new t-shirt goes on sale online. There's going to be a fair amount of promo for this. I'll also be announcing more shows for this summer and fall. Promotion also begins for my performance at the huge Pride Charlotte event in October.
There's more to come, including more blog posts, for sure. :-)
Thankfully, my stomach was not disturbed by all of the proceedings. It's back to jogging and working out hardcore though. Yeesh.
I am still SICK that I missed you in Decatur....next year, my man! ;) BUT, I hope you get time to come see us before long.
So, this has been one heck of a year for me. In a nutshell, here are a few highlights: 1. Finished work on my debut album "Seahorses". This included getting all the recording finished, designing the album cover/insert/artwork, securing all the rights, mixing and mastering the songs, sending it all to the manufacturing company, paying for it all, and squealing with high-pitched glee as they all arrived safely at my doorstep. I feel tired just having written this. [caption id="attachment_309" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="My Debut Album (Isn't it lovely?)"][/caption] 2. Performed several shows with my band. This marked the end of my solo era. (I will mainly perform with other musicians from now on. It's just too fun.) The first half of the year was spent working on the album and preparing for the second half. Here are the events and venues where I played my music in the summer and fall of 2008: The Amnesty International Benefit Concert (Charlotte, NC) The Rutledge (Nashville, TN) Cafe Coco (Nashville, TN) Loudhouse Coffee (Greenbrier, TN) 3rd and Lindsley (CD Release! Nashville, TN) Revive Coffeehouse (Nashville, TN) Charlotte Business Guild Holiday Celebration (Charlotte, NC) Pura Vida's Gypsy Lounge (Charlotte, NC) [caption id="attachment_388" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Performing at "Seahorses" CD Release Show."][/caption] 3. After 10 years of carrying me safely EVERYWHERE, I said farewell to my little Toyota truck Delilah. She is with a new driver now somewhere here in Nashville. I miss her . . . . [caption id="attachment_180" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="So cute and pretty . . ."][/caption] 4. I finally got a new car with all the fixin's, gizmos, and gadgets. His name is Balthazar. He's a black Toyota Corolla. As it happens, he's very camera shy, but you can see him peeking through in this photo . . . 5. The phenomenon that is Oreo and Buttercup happened. They are on a mission to travel around the world, and I am here to document all of the insanity along the way. Here is the first of many pictures I've posted . . . [caption id="attachment_70" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Oreao and Buttercup stuck in the Grass AGAIN"][/caption] All of this is just off the top of my head. 2009 has a lot more in store including a ton of shows in various places, a whole lot of promotion for the album, and all kinds of new stuff!!!!!!! For starters, Oreo and Buttercup take on Seattle and Atlanta!!! More on this later. So long 2008!! You have been very kind and gracious to me! Welcome 2009!! Bring it on! -g
So it's been a little while since the last update. Whoops. I just wanted to fill everyone in a little on some more details about this summer:
I have a couple of goals for my trip.First, obviously I want to meet traceurs and traceuses from all over the country. I want to share training techniques and stories with people who are more, and less, experienced than I. I've trained with a lot of different people, and I think that I can share quite a bit of knowledge with the people I visit. That being said, I hope to learn just as much from all of the traceurs and traceuses that I meet on my trip.
Second, one of my larger goals. I am going to record this entire trip on video. I am going to edit it all together into a documentary, sort of a "This is how America Trains" kind of thing. I'll be taking a lot of footage, and I'll be releasing smaller "jam coverage" media peices throughout my trip through American Parkour, but look for a longer documentary at the end of August or beginning of September.
The current itinerary of major jams follows. Note, I may be arriving the night before, the morning of, or sometime during the day of these dates, depending on bus schedules:
*Saturday, June 7th - Philly Jam II*Friday, June 13th through Sunday June 15th - PKFR International Pittsburgh Jam*Friday, June 20th through Sunday June 22nd - PKNY (New Jersey and NYC)Monday, June 23rd through Tuesday, June 24th - Columbus, OhioWednesday, June 25th through Friday, June 27th - Ann Arbor, Michigan*Saturday, June 28th through Sunday, June 29th - Chicago JamMonday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 2nd - Madison, WisconsinThursday, July 3rd through Friday, July 4th - Minneapolis, MinnesotaSaturday, July 5th through Wednesday, July 9th - Seattle, WashingtonThursday, July 10th through Tuesday, July 15th - San Fransisco, CaliforniaWednesday, July 16th through Thursday, July 17th - Phoenix, ArizonaFriday, July 18th through Tuesday, July 22nd - Denver, Colorado*Wednesday, July 23rd through Tuesday, July 29th - San Antonio, TexasTuesday, July 29th through Wednesday, July 30th - Tampa, FloridaThursday, July 31st through Friday, August 1st - Miami, FloridaSaturday, August 2nd - Athens, GeorgiaSunday, August 3rd through Tuesday, August 5th - Charlotte, North CarolinaWednesday, August 6th through Friday, August 8th - Chapel Hill, North CarolinaSaturday, August 9th - back home to Severna Park, Maryland!