So after Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo we headed home to Jon’s house. Jon had already left for the East coast, because Slumglum was playing over there to participate in a program where they may become music ambassadors to another part of the world! Very cool. Anyway, we had already said our goodbyes, but Erin left us one more note on the fridge: “Help yourself to treats.” She had made us Rice Krispy Treats! WITH CINNAMON! With full stomachs we went to bed and headed out the next day for San Martin, home to the Persing family, relatives of resident bad mofo and superfan Dave Persing. We entered to find Ellie and Margaret working on Trader Joe’s pizza dough to make FOUR pizzas for us. Oh yeah, and they had already made a salad and two cookie sheets of cookies!
They needed a bit of help with the pizza dough, but luckily we had a pizza parlor veteran in the band, Tim Carey! Look for video clips of the impromptu show “Cooking with Carey” on the Hardcoretet website. After dinner, it was time for a movie and then bedtime. The band got the trundle beds (I got the Transformers sheets):
Thank you so much to the Persing family and especially Ellie and Margaret for being such incredible hosts!
It was time for our final stop, Eugene. Through a slight miscalculation, we found ourselves in a time crunch: If everything went perfectly and we maintained our speed, we’d get there right before we were supposed to start! And if that wasn’t enough, it started pouring down rain!
And if THAT wasn’t enough, our driver’s side windshield wiper broke! It was chaos! After all this though, Tarik was able to navigate by leaning over to the passenger side and driving that way for about 3 hours before the rain stopped and things had calmed down a bit. Ask him for a dramatic retelling on Wednesday at the CD release. Finally we made it the Jazz Station in Eugene. It started slow, but by the end of the night we had made some more fans and friends and felt great about the performance!
From there, we packed up, fixed the wiper, and drove through the night to get home sweet home.
I hope these entries convey the sheer enjoyment of the last week. More than anything, I feel thankful for all of the kindness we encountered as a band, both from strangers and friends. I began this tour with a completely musical goal: I wanted to do what made me happy (playing our music) in front of new people in the hopes that it would make them happy, and I think this was accomplished. What I didn’t expect was the realization that we, as a band, are the luckiest people in the world to have such genuinely good human beings in our lives, and I hope I never forget it. Sappy and corny, I know, but whatever…
See you Wednesday at Tulas for the Homecoming/CD Release Party!