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Black cats, creaky old buildings and Wild Irish Rose

I’ve had many interesting housing experiences in my 20 plus years of touring, including a stay in an old building filled with creaky wood floors and spooky shadows. This building in the downtown section of a small Midwest town has … Continue reading

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Through rain, through sleet, through smoking monitors

I looked out from back stage and frowned at the black clouds hanging low in the sky. The act currently performing was pushed back under a cover, first from the sheets of water, then hail. I was next. I stepped … Continue reading

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Home is where the chocolate is

If it was only that easy. I never travel without a supply of dark chocolate and while that helps when I’m bunking in yet another anonymous Super 8, it’s not all the comfort I need. One of the hardest things … Continue reading

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Wasn’t that a red light?

Recently, a friend was in a freeway auto accident. Fortunately, she’s okay. Her car is totaled though. It got me thinking about all the close calls I’ve had. When you’ve toured for 24 years, most of it by car, there … Continue reading

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If it doesn’t have a label don’t eat it – what I’ve learned when staying with strangers

I’m in one place for a month, teaching and doing performances. Instead of getting an expensive hotel room, I’m house sitting. It’s not much different from the hundreds of times I’ve stayed in community housing while on tour. Really, I’m … Continue reading

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“You had insurance on that guitar, right?” 25 things you should never say to a musician

After touring for 20-some years I’ve got stories. Turns out other musicians do too. I recently asked my Facebook friends for something you should never tell a musician. Here are my favorites. “You had insurance on that guitar, right?” Yeah, … Continue reading

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I don’t need a meat dress but a nice meal would be great

Lady Gaga makes enough to keep herself in meat dresses for rest of her life. What about the rest of us? Musicians have to negotiate a price for every gig and hope it’s enough to pay the loan on that … Continue reading

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I’m not Lisa

Or Joni or Meg … two musicians I’ve been compared to and mistaken for. Really, I’m not complaining. Still, it makes me laugh when someone earnestly says “I love the nun costume” and I have to politely tell them I … Continue reading

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Six Flags Over Cafe Risque

Florida residents must be really confused. Driving from Tampa to Pensacola recently I saw the usual array of billboards advertising Super 8’s and “Home cooking next exit!” but there were also many reminders that God loved me – okay, I … Continue reading

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Winning the lottery, flaming skull tattoos and flying with guitars

My partner flies a lot and tells me that she often sees people boarding planes with guitars in cloth cases. My response is usually, “Yeah, and some people win the lottery, buy a Caribbean island and drink pina coladas while … Continue reading

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