A Day in the Life on the Road
One of the questions I get asked the most is about tour life. Touring as an indie musician is about as far from glamorous as you can get, though I’ll be honest: I’ve never slept in a van, showered in a convenient store sink, or lived off of potato chips and soda for days on end. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t involved hard work and sacrifice, alongside the music, laughs, endless road trip playlists, and exploring new cities together!
Every tour is different. With the longer runs, it’s easier to settle into a rhythm: you wake up in the morning, jump in the van, drive to the next city, load in and soundcheck, find somewhere to eat, play the show, then head to the hotel to do it all over again. With a shorter run - like a weekend trip - we tend to be a little more relaxed: we might head downtown after the gig and check out a few different joints, or crash early at the hotel to warm up some food, watch a movie, or hang out by the pool.
But it’s not a total free for all! Even when I’m on the road, I make sure to do yoga every day (even if it’s a fifteen minute flow before we hit the road), eat well, stay hydrated, and take advantage of every chance I get to stretch it out when we stop, because a lot of time is spent riding together and taking in parts of the country we may have never seen before.
That’s honestly my favorite part: driving from city to city, hanging out with the band before the gigs, talking through set lists, sharing laughs (and occasionally almost starting a riot/toddler mosh pit) on stage, and toasting to another show on the books afterwards. All the rehearsals and writing sessions and marketing meetings lead up to the moment you step on the stage, and whether there are 20 people or 2,000, there’s nothing like that feeling.
And sure, I miss my bed, my diffuser, my sweet guy, and my dogs. I miss my cup of tea in the morning and more than one pair of pants. But it’s part of it. You load up and say goodbye for a few days (or weeks), and then you come back home, and do it all over again, because it’s in your blood. And even when you’re not prepping for tour, you’re in the studio, running rehearsals, or listening to music.
I’m very very lucky to call this my life. I'm grateful for my family’s support, for the life Nick and I have together because of our music careers (don’t worry, that’s coming too!), and the lives we’re all building. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it, and all the love I’ve found on the way - friends, family, Nick, the fans we meet and make in every city - brings so much joy and contentment to my heart.