My oh my, its been a hot minute since I have checked in!
How is everyone doing?
I am currently on a plane flying to Tampa, FL from Nashville, TN.
Played a lovely little Sunday night radio show for the Lightning100 gang last night, at a little place called 3rd & Lindsley. That place has come a long way, and is looking real good these days. I love me some Nashville, and love me some Lightning 100, especially the Rev! Thank you everyone who came out last night, we had a packed house, and it was awesome. Im sorry that I didn’t make it out for hellos, its rare for that to happen. But I got caught up with a bunch of peeps back stage and realized I hadn’t eaten all day, and also had to be up at 7am this morning for my flight. So I had to get me some food, and get to bed before it got to late. But don’t worry Nashville, I will be back! I got all sorts of mad love for you in store.
Now I’m off to Tampa for a little radio station visit, and tonight I fly to Chicago, IL.
Im starting to feel like a real life Carmen San Diego. I’ve got airport travel down to a “T” and im traveling light and often these days. So far its been killer.
I just completed a 4 week tour with Josh Radin, which was such a dream come true, after having not toured for nearly 3 years. We evolved into one big happy family, and I was so fortunate to be on a tour where everyone got along. We had a solid, amazing, hard working team of traveling awesomeness. If you haven’t checked out Josh’s new album, Underwater, its time you do. I knew a couple of Josh’s song before the tour started, but wasn’t too familiar with him as an artist. I can honestly say, by the end of tour, I fell so in love with Josh, his songs and his show. Now that I know all the songs, next time we tour, you can bet there will be some sweet duet-ing going on. I cant wait.
I’ve been doing a ton of promo as well. Actually tour was quite crazy. On my days off, I would fly to different cities and do radio station visits, and so in all the 4 weeks of touring, I only had 2 real days off. Something about that seems exhausting, but I held up pretty good. And so did my voice. I cant tell you what a relief it is, after the surgery and past experiences of losing my voice after too much use, that It feels and sounds stronger than ever.
From here on out, I will be doing tons of radio station visits and shows, all over the country. So make sure to call your favorite station and request “My Oh My” and hopefully I will be in a town near you soon. I need all the support I can get right now, and this is where I recruit all y’all. You guys are the dream team that keeps this ship sailing!
(Note: I hate complaining, but the woman in front of me is the squirmiest little noodle on the planet. Simmer down lady…..)
All in all, the promo has been going really amazing. For the most part, people are absolutely blown away by the album (I still cant believe its mine *pinch me). Some people still think I am just the surfer girl from San Diego, and don’t “get it”, until I walk into a station and play the songs live, and talk about what this album means to me. Some people just wanna know about my love life, and ask questions about my ex, and they wanna know who did what to who, and I have to remind them that no one did any thing to anyone. And neither party is right or wrong. The situation is what is, was what it was, and this is how I dealt with all the crazy feelings I had about it. Then I play them songs like “Glass Jar” and “I was gonna marry you” and they realize that this isn’t just some TMZ conference, its someones life. And when they think I am still heartbroken, I play them “The Rebound” about scoping out guys and bananas at Trader Joes, and assure them that I’m going to be ok.
If there is one thing i dislike, its being put in a box. Being labeled. Maybe its the Gemini in me, i tend to be ever changing and constantly on the move. I like to be free to roam, un-teathered. My mind changes at an instant, often. I love how this album showcases all the many different sides of me. Human’s aren’t one dimensional. We are diverse, and complicated, and layered. We are always changing, and hopefully always growing. I have learned so much through this process. Its been such a blessing, such a healing. Nothing has ever felt more meant to be, EVER, in my whole life. And being able to be honest, like really honest, and candid and talk about the nitty gritty shit of the shit, without holding back or candy coating, allows so much space to swirl and dance within me. To breath, to love and to enjoy everywhere I get to go, and everyone I get to meet, and all the things I get to see and experience along the way.
In the past, I always dreaded the promotion part of putting out a record. But I realize I was just one foot in/one foot out. I hadn’t taken this seriously, I hadn’t accepted that this is what I do, and that I am capable of doing a good job at it. I am all in on Cedar + Gold. Every moment is a chance to shed some light, spread some love, laugh, connect and brighten someones day.
It is so very clear to me, that when you are in alignment with what your heart wants, and your life’s purpose, everything flows. And thats what it feels like, effortless.
I waited all my life for this feeling, and I almost gave up. But I didn’t. I kept going, I got out of my own way, I trusted. I took on the shit, and the crap and I navigated through it the best I could. I wouldn’t take any of it back for the world. Im stronger now because of it. And I understand now, that life is up and down, and full of detours and road blocks and open doors and closed doors alike. Thats just the way it goes, there are certain things we need to experience, everything we experience is designed for us, for a purpose, and I get that now. But I also get, we always have a choice, regardless of life swirling around, and flying past us, every moment is a chance to take the reigns, and rope in what you want. A sushi boat comes to mind right now. So random. But Its true. The sushi goes round and round on the boat, and it will keep going round and round, until you figure out what you want and choose it. And if you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it. You can choose again, and again, and again. But if you don’t ever choose, you’ll just sit there and get hungry. So make a move people. Make. A. Move.
I am having so much fun, and I just wanted to thank you guys, my fans, for being so f*cking awesome. So damn supportive. So patient. And for believing in me. I think for the first time, in the 10 years Ive been doing this, I believe in myself too. LETS DO THIS. Oh wait we already are! Weeeeeee!
Sending you all my love,
And biggest hugs :)