The Polyrhythmics tour to New Orleans and the Southeast, from Kentucky (or, as some call it, Kenpucky,) to Florida to North Carolina and beyond went relatively smoothly, with many new areas visited from both the band perspective and a personal perspective. I enjoyed the cultures and people in the South so very much, and loved having the opportunity to play music there; once again I felt a real appreciation for professional musicians and bands in the cities to which we traveled.
Even before this tour I had a few long drives, so I checked out a book on tape: Possibilities, an autobiography by Herbie Hancock. I really liked it! Herbie goes into detail about how certain musical projects and bands came about, and what the dynamic was like in those groups, as well as how his musical philosophy changed (or stayed the same) throughout his long career. Definitely some interesting perspectives from a guy that has been TCB’ing (Taking Care of Business) for quite a while.
I would also recommend, to other aspiring professional musicians in particular, this interview with drummer and producer Jojo Mayer that Adam Gross recommended to me. There were a few observations from Mayer there about where you work and play music versus where you live, the decisions you make regarding your life as a professional musician, and what the music business means to him. Good stuff.
I think each time I return home after 2 or more weeks away I engage in the same self-reflection, but once again it’s really hitting me that music is my professional future, both teaching and playing. For a while after college it was in the background of my professional life; something I was doing intermittently when I wasn’t busy working. Then, even when it was in the forefront, I assumed that someday I would have to push it back again. I think I’m getting closer to eliminating that assumption, which feels really good.