Greetings to my readers!
I just recently got back from traveling my butt off! I went to Mississippi, then Oregon, then Illinois, and now I am back home! Friday, July 8th, I will be leaving for Bliss Festival in Harbor Springs, Michigan to play on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, travelling is the most amazing thing, but long car rides are not my fancy. I had so much fun on all of these trips. “Fun” consists of meeting new people, hanging with my family, going new places, eating really good food, and trying and learning new things. In Mississippi, I went down for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Blues Master Guitarist Workshop where I received a scholarship for it from the Ann Rabson Foundation... which I thought was super cool. It was a nine hour drive there, but THANK GOODNESS we split it up and slept in a hotel one night. Speaking of that hotel, they didn’t have an elevator and my mom and I had to bring in all of my amps and guitars, which wouldn't have been a problem, but we were on the 2nd floor. I think we got stronger because that was quite a workout! On the other hand, the people that worked in the hotel were very kind. Anyway, the workshop was such a cool experience. When you stay at the Shack Up Inn for this, you just feel all of the history there. When it was time to learn, we would meet at the Hopson Commissary and the mentors split us up because there were a lot of guitar players. John Del Toro Richardson and Marcus were FANTASTIC mentors. I loved learning from them and I took a lot out of their teachings. It was very interactive, and at times they would stop and ask, “Is there anything you all want to learn?” I really appreciated that. They were also so patient and when we didn’t get it the first time they would explain it in a different way. Overall, my experience there was amazing, as well as, I still keep in touch with the friends I met there!
Here are some of the friends I met at Pinetop!
When we got back home we had one day to pack before we left for Oregon. I got to see my uncle, aunt, cousin and their chickens. One of the most amazing experiences I had was playing at Double Mountain Brewery. There was quite a different crowd there than what I am used to playing for with the surfing community. It was a whole different energy!
I also had the privilege to be interviewed by Kristen from Portland Radio Project. She was a wonderful interviewer and really made me feel welcome! Not only did I do music activities in Portland, but, I did a lot of fun things with my family, too. I got to try wakeboarding for the first time. Lets just say I tried it… 12 times… but never made it up. The first time I tried it, I forgot to let go of the rope and almost drowned myself. I’m not going to lie, my arms were extremely sore the next day (or should I say the next week).
Here is my cousin’s friend, my cousin, and me tubing. The boat had some problems and we could only go about 10 mph, but it was still really fun.
This is a picture of my dad and me at Cannon Beach. It was cold!!! Notice everyone else in winter coats?
What I learned from this whole experience is... I love Oregon, and I cannot wait to go back!
The views are Beautiful!!!
After we arrived in Kentucky, the next day we left for Illinois. I played Freedom Festival with Pure Grain (I was a substitute for their lead guitarist and singer) and then drove back that night. Dad took a couple of wrong turns on the way back, but I’ll still keep him as my driver.
Now, I am home, I am still getting used to this silly time change stuff. Time has NOT been on my side this week.
I would like to share a few songs with you at least once a week and share with you a few of the songs that I am listening to.
So here’s what I am enjoying:
Treat Me Like Fire by LION BABE
Devil’s Whisper by Raury
I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James (Beyonce’s version is good, too)
We are all human, and humans love FOOD. I have a passion for cooking and inventing new recipes or sharing other people’s cool dishes, so here is a recipe that I am going to try:
Avocado Mac and Cheese
By Maria and Josh from “Two Peas and Their Pod”
Doesn’t this look delicious?!
I could imagine this being very creamy, as well as it is a healthier option to normal mac and cheese.
You can find the recipe on http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/stovetop-avocado-mac-and-cheese/
I love anything with being creative. I just recently had the idea to redesign my room and I have been busy on that (updates to come).
I also am so glad to be back to see my animals! My family and I live on a farm with chickens, goats, mini horses, pigs, turkeys, a peacock, cats, and a dog. We had nine baby chicks born a few weeks ago and when I got back they were SO BIG! The best part is, only two are roosters! So we will have more egg layers. Let me just say, fresh eggs are the best. Cannot go back to store bought eggs after eating my chickens eggs... don’t mean to come off as an “egg snob”, but if you haven’t tried fresh eggs then you need to!!! I definitely recommend having your own chickens too because you save money on eggs and they each have their own personalities. Some people think chickens are food and only food, but they are living creatures. They talk, run after things, and have their own cliques. Did you know that there are TONS of different breeds of chickens? And, did you know that each breed has their own personality type? So, definitely see if you can own chickens. They are neat creatures! Even if you live in a neighborhood, there may be some exceptions. You probably won’t be allowed to have a rooster, but possibly a few hens! My aunt, uncle, and cousin live in a neighborhood and they are allowed a certain amount of chickens. They even sell their eggs in their neighborhood and the neighbors love them! See? Forget the lemonade stand, start an egg stand! Now that’s the way to do it!
When working with a drummer (and you are leading a song, not on a keyboard) use your headstock as a signal for breaks. But, make sure to tell them you do this for breaks. It works very well!
Thank you for reading!
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