with the way things are today as far as getting tickets, reasonably priced accomodations/travel, it makes sense to plan for shows. if i had unlimited income and no job it'd be a completely different story. i was super heavy into the furthur touring scene (i've cut back believe it or not). all of my money was being allocated to the tour fund i was working my ass off multiple jobs and just stack stack stack. i like to go out to shows, not work the lots, and have disposable income to do whatever i want. i look at it like an opportunity cost. i was giving up certain things like fancy tvs and cell phones, expensive bar tabs, new sneakers. even new basses and equipment, you get the picture. those things still don't matter to me much (besides basses and equipment
) but comfortable living without scraping by is something i've been taking a liking to hitting about half the shows per tour instead of full (even in only one tour). but what this is all tying into is what starlite is asking. what else do we do, where do we go, what are our dreams. the music and band are always such a main focus for many of us. right now i'm in that boat with NYE, phil in feb, and apr shows on the plate.
i have strong desires to travel in SE asia. i actually had a job all lined up to leave for the guangxi province in china to teach, being offered an incredible opportunity from colleagues from college/teaching experiences. i was supposed to go after the spring tour. when i came back i didn't want to leave, i was so caught up in touring and having such a wonderful time i didn't want to leave and miss any possible last shows or anything, i also started realizing how much i enjoyed my freedom and life where i am and what i was doing. i do not regret my decision one bit, can't make that clear enough. i wasn't ready but the offer is always on the table and i will one day find myself over there.
aside from this i play in a grateful dead cover band here in buffalo, NY, workingman's dead. it's a great time i love to play music. i want to play music for people for the rest of my life, but that is not the outlet for it. i've been trying to get an original group together for a long time but just have not found the right group of musicians for the project. although currently we are making some progress in that department.
why devote so much to 'ahead'? i like this one starlite...some people are always living in the past, some always in the moment, some in the future. i'm a combination of all 3. i like to cover all the bases.