Sunday, June 30, 2013 Leave a Comment
First leg of the newly-dubbed America Is My Girlfriend Tour 2013 was in Southern California, or SoCal, if you are super effing hip like I am (and I know you are).
In San Diego, I strummed on the sand and hung out with old friends. In Newport Beach, I toured the nicest shopping mall I’ve ever experienced and imagined I was Seth Cohen of Fox’s unbridled success, The OC (Summer didn’t show, despite my pining vigilance). Between meetings in LA, I played a show in Venice Beach and shared the stage with my very good friend Mr. Al Rahn of the band Sixstep.
There are so many stories I can tell of my SoCal week, but I’d like to share one in particular with you from my day in Laguna Beach.
I caught a ride up from San Diego with KX93.5 DJ and all-around awesome dude, Mookie. I was debuting a few tracks from Nashville Nights to the world and playing a few tunes in the studio live on his show that afternoon.
(You can hear the whole radio segment here on the KX.93.5 site: Mike Mentz on KX93.5)
After getting a tour of the studio and meeting the good people of KX93.5, I had a few hours to kill so I went outside to explore. The station backs up to a pretty spectacular strip of California coastline. I got out my guitar and started a little practice session, breathing in the ocean air and pinching myself to make sure what I was seeing was real (check out my view on the right).
As I was playing through some tunes, I strolled down a little residential street with three-story apartments that overlooked the ocean. I was playing loud enough for a girl on the third floor to happen to notice, and she yelled down that she and her friend inside were enjoying listening. I kept playing and wandering right around that intersection, and 5 minutes later, the girl (her name was Kira) was out the door walking toward me. She had just finished baking a batch of cookies and would I like some?
The answer, obviously, was that hell, yes I would.
Later during the on-air interview, Mookie asked me how hard life can be as an independent artist. There’s a readily-available stock answer to that question that romanticizes the sacrifices you have to make to start out as an independent artist, to go out on a limb, gamble on yourself, take red eye flights, spend as few dollars as possible on things like food and basic necessities, etc.. But as you’ll hear if you listen to the podcast, the only answer I could possibly have given in that place and time was the one I gave: that I was in a radio studio hanging out with a cool guy who was interested in my music, and that earlier while playing some songs overlooking the ocean, I had, unprompted, been brought warm, delicious cookies by a smiling girl. I was too grateful that day to focus on anything but the moment.
Category: Tour, Travel | Tags: Al Rahn, California, Cookies, Gratitude, KX93.5, LA, Laguna, Los Angeles, Mentz, Mike Mentz, Newport Beach, Radio, San Diego, Seth Cohen, Sixstep, SoCal, Summer Roberts, The OC, Venice Beach