Rehearsals are over. Time to pack!!!
So what do you pack for three weeks on a bus? I mean besides the essentials. (I’ve forgotten toothpaste before!) It’s actually a few days more than three weeks. Maybe twenty-four days.
I mean, my gear’s already shipped. So I don’t have to bring a guitar, amp or pedalboard. Even strings are already on their way.
Picks!!! Those live in my left rear pocket. Always. And I go through batches. I use Dunlop 500 2.0 mm glossy so they never break. But they wear down. And so that’s on my list: refresh the batch of picks!
I’m bringing two book readers. I’m reading books on both right now. But reading on tour? Does it happen? Will it happen? Probably. I think I’m in the middle of three books. And my lyrics are available on my Kindle and my phone! A necessity!!
Tour buses are funny. It can be state of the art regarding the entertainment systems, but it can also be a half a decade behind as well. There’s always the question of how we’re going to hook up our tunes to the system. So I bring a variety of connectors and adapters. And even if you get everything plugged in it might not work. I’m telling you, sometimes you need an engineer just to get tunes on the bus!!
Contacts!! I’ve forgotten those, too. THAT sucked!
As I’m typing this I’m organizing. Three piles: suitcase, carry-on, and no-bring. Plus, I have an ever-expanding list on Wunderlist. Half of the anxiety of traveling is on my end. Getting there and bringing everything are two anxieties that I can take steps to alleviate. So I do.
Not to mention the anxiety of playing new material. Lots of new material. But that’s also the thrill of it. New songs. New sonic landscapes. Pushing the stylistic boundaries…
… Remembering lyrics. Remembering changes. Remembering harmonies. Now relax. Have fun. Express.
Oh yes, and don’t forget to kick total ass and take no prisoners!!
No pressure. 😉
Now back to packing…