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Joel and I have just left Seattle, and with two shows already in the books, the tour that has been six months in the making is now officially underway.

And although this tour, at first, was nothing but a thought without any plan to make it real or any reason to think we could actually pull it off, bit by bit it has become very real indeed. For us, however, making something real always involves an amount of hard work, time, and persistence that is nearly all we have, as well as willingness to put almost everything on the line.

To leave on this tour, we’ve quit our jobs in Los Angeles, rented out our apartment, sold our car and bought a van, got rid of our remodeled rehearsal space, sold as many of our other possessions as we could, and scrapped together funding for a not insignificant amount of equipment, merchandise, and promotion. We will be gone for a full two months, travel the entire country, and most of the time, the van will be our home.

We have some reason to believe that all of this will take us to a place we want to be, which is to be working on music full-time like we are right now, but of course there are no guarantees.

One thing that is certain is that it will be quite the adventure.

Packaging promo CDs to ship to NYC

Spray-painting stenciled designs onto our clothes

Scrubbing the bathroom floor before showing our apt., visiting the Genius Bar to get our laptop functioning

Last minute equipment and merch purchases, shipping back 1 of 2 malfunctioning keyboards

Empty boxes used to ship us posters, buttons, t-shirts, gear cases, guitar pedals, CDs, jewel cases…

Fixing a flat tire on our van and replacing missing lugs only a few days before we left

Washing and vacuuming the Ford Escort before selling it

Buying lumber to build sleeping/equipment compartments in the van, building a pedal board

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Comments ( 6 )

God bless you as you travel and make music!

Sandy added these words on Jan 28 12 at 4:40 pm

a sweet document of sheer force of will. May it carry you across the unknown.

Cyndy Chan added these words on Jan 28 12 at 4:58 pm

Hope all goes well for you guys.

Matthew added these words on Jan 28 12 at 7:05 pm

Cyndy, you make it all sound so grand and mysterious! THANK YOU!!

Amber added these words on Jan 29 12 at 1:07 pm

I hope all goes well and everyone falls in love with your music.

Gabriel added these words on Jan 30 12 at 11:23 am

I was at your show last night in Des Moines. You guys are great. I’ve been reading through your blog, too. Very inspiring and entertaining. Love it.

Laura added these words on Feb 08 12 at 1:17 pm

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