June was one for the books!! The month was packed with lots of activity, planning, & hard work. However, it also came with lots of learning, hilarity, & some crazy "WHOA" moments.
Let's break June all the way down:
-Move out of old house (BYE SONOMA!!)
-Move into new apartment (HELLO EAST NASTY!!)
-Move roommate into new studio
-Work CMT Awards Promo (3 DAYS)
-Work CMT Awards
-Work CMAFest (4 DAYS)
-Grease Tribute Show (Rehearsals, songs, performance, outfits, etc.)
-HOMETOWN SHOW (Announce show, sell tickets, find venue, get chairs, provide sound, invite everyone, post graphics, set-up newspaper interview, remind people to buy tickets, talk to news, make radio spot, hire band, budget the entire trip, find sponsors, announce sponsors online as well as reminding everyone to purchase tickets, mail-outs for sponsors, email updates to sponsors, band rehearsals, design merch, order merchandise, keep reminding people that they can indeed get tickets early, make sure merchandise is actually delivered on time, rent car, travel to Midland, do radio interviews, one last countdown to remind people that tickets are a thing and they need them to get into the show, venue prep, show execution, tear it all down, travel back to Nashville, thank sponsors, & pay the band)
-Peyton Stakes Songwriter's Night
-Frank's 50th Birthday at Richland Country Club (Performance)
-Pay Bills (Kind-Of)
-Sleep (What's That?)
-Eat Right & Workout (Lol, jk.)
Here's the thing....none of the above is written as a complaint. True, there were a lot of tough, task-filled days. But I learned a lot this last month, and I mean A LOT!!
I learned how to put a show together from the ground up. I learned how to truly live by a schedule, that at times felt like it was planned moment by moment. I learned that the less you dramatically freak out about minor inconveniences, the more energy you have for actual ones you need to deal with. I learned that people wait until two days before an event to buy tickets!! I learned how to wrangle sponsors and keep them in the loop. I learned how to really work with a band to get the sound just right for our shows. I learned how to work with a cast & band I had met only once. I learned that no matter how much you complain that you don't want to move, you still have to move. Over the month, I learned just how NOT mundane my past, non-musical jobs were. In fact, they helped in ways I couldn't even have dreamed.
I saw God provide in ways that would stop me in my tracks, knowing deep in my spirit that it was only because of Him that said-thing happened or said-thing came together. I was fortunate enough to work with an amazing band. We all got along and enjoyed each other's company, even after a 16-hour car ride. I was reminded how blessed I am to have the family I have. They invited their friends to the HOMETOWN SHOW, gave notes at rehearsal, helped me find sponsors, and ran the merchandise/ticket booth, & made sure I didn't go completely psycho.
It was a long month, but it was a fulfilling month. Every weekend consisted of something musical. The weeks were busy, but the busyness paid off. I love the group of musicians I got to work with throughout the month. I'm pretty much obsessed with the band I traveled with. I told my mom upon arriving back to Nashville, "I feel like I just came home from summer camp. We shared so many moments & inside jokes. It's just not the same sharing them with others." We were all in the craziness together, but they made it so fun and so worth it.
July is here now. Life is a little more "normal" these days. I am planning gigs, emailing people, building the framework of my EP release in October, working my side job, & still finding out ways to get my current single, "Famous Nobodies" on a HAWT playlist. But I come away from June with more gratitude, increased faith, new friends, hilarious memories, more love for my fam. It's also time to stop running on Dr. Pepper & Instant Lunch Ramen and to get back to taking care of my body. Pray for me, y'all!!
Until Next Time,