Ben Butler, the saucy Aussie
Gail "Bye Bye Blackbird" Dorsey
Rich "Mercury Rising" Mercurio
I can't begin to say how grateful I am to my incredible musicians, and to my tour manager/amazing sound mixer Paul Mitchell.
(The cheekiest monkey of all, Paul Mitchell)
Thomas Kristensen also, as usual worked above and beyond.
(Thomas Kristensen, the only guy who can get a good coffee out of a rest stop machine.)
And my husband, who came out for the UK shows, humped gear around, drove the tippy van on the WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET, sold merch, and put up with our crazy schedule while he was juggling three other artists' careers.
Being on the road is not glamorous. I know a lot of the pictures I share are fun, and funny. But in the end, Rich put it really well one day after a long grueling drive, no good coffee and some pretty crummy hotel rooms. "You don't really get paid to play, you get paid to TRAVEL."
Like it or not, nothing is for sure, and NOTHING is easy out here getting from point A to B. Airports SUCK. If they don't cancel your flight, they will charge you 550 pounds extra for your gear. Because they can. Or they will make it impossible to get an easy connection, and invariably thread you through the dreaded HEATHROW airport, where you have a 60 per cent chance your luggage will not arrive with you when you finally get to WHEREVER.
So you get into a little road team bubble, and become a fierce unit. It is a BATTLE. It's all about what you have to do on any given day. Leave time, interview time, soundcheck time, time for dinner? Maybe not. Day after day, we just keep trying to win the war!
If you're lucky, (I am) you find people that, besides being ridiculously talented at what they do, are really great human beings. They've got your back. Ben, Rich, Gail, Paul, Thomas. I really feel this to my very core and I am sooooo soooooo grateful.
Sometimes I completely lose track of what's happening in the "real" world. Every day is about finding good coffee, fighting to get enough sleep, maybe some vegetables so you don't get SCURVY! Once in a while, I can even find a Bikram yoga class! And then there's the blissful part the show. God bless the SHOW!
Last night, Copenhagen, you stole my heart AGAIN. My husband proposed to me in this perfect place, and each time I come back I am reminded how much I love this city.
Aarhus was beautiful, I met some very new fans (courtesy of the DOLLHOUSE theme song!!) After the show I had promised to sing "Keep the River on Your Right" for Tim. So we ended up having a little impromptu concert in the merch line!!
In Odense, I met some incredible people. The love in the room was palpable, delicious. I even was given a perfect, beautiful new hat. My new friend Torben put it on my head when it got chilly in the room after the show, and then VANISHED.
me and Torben, the international man of mystery!
We all decided to to try it to make sure it was really meant for me!!
Gail felt too goofy
Ben felt too Russian
Rich just wasn't feeling it!
Thomas rocked it up pretty good.
Paul wouldn't even put it on.....
So he played us weird Al Jankovich's new record after soundcheck and we polka'd until we dropped.
Point is? I am the luckiest girl in the world. THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart.