Today I board the Empire Builder ride it to Chicago. After a 5 hour layover, I'll jump on the Lake Shore Limited and arrive at Penn Station sometime tomorrow night. I'll hit the ground running, getting Angie ready for tour, then hitting the road as her tour manager.
I'm so excited for a change of scenery and to do something I love with my best friend, but also worried about how the city will affect me. I've never felt any anxiety about New York, even the overwhelming places like Times Square, but that was before my anxiety increased to non functioning levels. I just gotta remember to keep breathing. It's going to be so much fun.
To help out with tour expenses, mainly gas, we've set up a campaign on IndieGoGo. Every donor will get an exclusive look at Angie's next video for All in My Head (check out behind the scenes photos here.) $5 will get you a postcard from the road, and also gets us about 40 miles worth of gas. Contribute $10, and you'll get an digital copy of Angie's upcoming EP. $25 will net you a signed physical copy of the EP.
I don't want to make a bunch of promises I can't keep about blog content, but my goal is to update frequently from the road, via this blog, Angie's blog and her Facebook page. Heck, I may even find a reason to use my Tumblrmore often.
Trains have had a great impact on songwriting since they first started barreling across continents in the 19th century. From the great race in the United States to lay tracks from coast to coast, to the mystique of the rail riding hobo, to the sound of a whistle in the night--one of the loneliest sounds in the world--trains just make good song fodder, and are a damned good way to build a metaphor. I leave you with a playlist of train songs.