Touring In The Winter
Having a winter tour is a weird coin. On it's head it's dangerous, cold and miserable. Loading out in cold rain, warding off winter depression and fighting germs when your body's primary focus is keeping warm can really take it's toll on a musician. On it's tail there are opportunities that aren't normally available. Music venues are more likely to take a chance on a new band. There's less digital noise and event congestion. Most importantly, we're able to rescue each other from the inevitable boredom that sets in from "Cabin Fever." There's only so many things on Netflix you can binge on before your insides start to itch. We hate that feeling and we can tell a lot of you do too. We're so glad that our job is to relieve each other of that! Thanks to everyone that came out in the snow, cold wind & rain in Virginia Beach, VA, Southern Pines and Boone, NC last week! We know it sounds dumb but you made our Winter feel not so cold. We hope you feel the same!
Must... Stay... Awake!
A lot of our life is spent driving late at night to get to the next town. Sometimes staying awake can be a challenge. Before the world of 4G streaming we used to keep each other awake by coming up with ridiculous math problems and try to solve them in our heads. It's actually pretty effective. It's one of the reasons why we named our last album "After Math." If you haven't had a chance to to listen to get a copy you can on our Shop Page. You can also stream it on a few platforms listed below. Just be sure to put it on a playlist, hit repeat and tell your friends. We'll get paid eventually :)
8 Things We Learned From The Bhagavad Gita
This last week to stay awake we've been streaming readings from The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient but strangely practical guide to life according to Hindu theology. Neither of us are very religious and we hadn't been familiar with it. We were very surprised at how hard it hit us. Frankly, there were things we needed to hear, especially as musicians. We're excited to continue studying it. We are by no means, whatsoever, even suggesting that we are experts on any subject written in this book but here are a 8 things that we took from it so far.
1. Being jealous and making things about you will not make you wise.
2. Every decision you make will either be a failed attempt rule over creation or to benefit it.
3. Praise does not come from your ability to do a good job it comes from the mercy of others.
4. Being attached to things won't make you happy & you're depressed because you're afraid of losing things you don't even own.
5. All of your actions no matter how small are sacrifices. If those sacrifices are not for others, they are meaningless.
6. Your attitude is the only thing that will make you happy and you are in full control of it.
7. You. Exist. Right. Now. Take some time to think about that.
8. Your ego makes terrible decisions.
We usually have our own methods in choosing what venues to play but lately the best experiences have come from people suggesting places to play. Last week we played two places we would have had no idea about unless you told us about them. With only a few dates left on our Winter Tour (which you can check out HERE) we're planning on announcing our Spring dates next week. We still have a few dates left to fill so please let us know about some places you think we should check out in the comments below. It's always exciting getting to play new places and if you love them we know we will too! We're taking the rest of this week "off" to get a few more tracks done in the studio and hopefully shooting some video too. See you soon!
All photos by Roshambeaux
Additional photo credits: AstroKapoor "Bhagavad-Gita-Yagya"