Acoustic Tour: My Working Vacation Reconnecting with Friends - From The Mind of McFarland music blog.
This blog finds me sitting in a music academy/coffee shop in San Antonio, Texas. I’m two and a half weeks into my summer acoustic tour all over the United States. So far, since leaving Asheville, I’ve hit Cleveland (Tennessee), Nashville, Peoria, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, Wichita, and Austin. I’ve had the chance to discover some fantastic songs and songwriters along the way, and have had an amazing time meeting new friends as well.
There’s no question that being on tour is a lot of work. I usually travel about four hours every morning, find a coffeeshop to work from for 7-8 hours, then play a show every night. All told, it usually ends up being 16-hour days much of the time. In a lot of ways I’d consider what I’m doing to be a working vacation – I’m getting to discover new places, do some sightseeing along the way, and am having an unreasonable amount of fun in spite of the long hours.
I’m reminded of a Goethe quote: “A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.” I’m exhausted and occasionally stiff from sleeping on unfamiliar couches, beds, or sometimes in the back of my car. My days, however, are far from ordinary, and the promise of new and unexpected experiences every morning keeps me going.
It’s not just the new things that keep me going on my acoustic tour, as I share my alt-pop songs all over the country. I have friends and family scattered all across America (and, truth be told, the world). Apart from touring I rarely have the opportunity to visit them. As such, reconnecting with friends is one of my favorite parts of being on the road. This past year, while on tour, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with friends from my home schooling and college days, as well as getting to see family in Minnesota and soon in Oregon.
In short, sixteen hour days be damned! My working vacation is pretty fantastic.
Unleaded rhythmic alt-pop fuels singer/songwriter and two-wheel troubadour Michael McFarland’s engine. Michael McFarland in the simplest summary? Writer, Rocker, Biker, Geek.
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