I suppose my day started laying in bed not being able to sleep until the wee hours of the morning. I have not even changed the time on my phone to USA time. It is still Gold Coast time. So I have no idea when I finally fell asleep.
But I did. And when I woke we had about half an hour to get moving to go to MTSU (Middle Tennessee state university)
Oh…..it was cold. 2 degrees Celsius. Coming from the Gold Coast that is pretty cold. It took skills not to look like a shivering fool (like I did one day going for a swim at St Kilda in winter)
So we joined in on a class of Odie Blackmon and a guest lecturer. They talked about the song, the telling of the song and the selling of the telling of the song. All of this within the context of revolutions in communication and our current climate of technology. We topped this off by listening to a great Roger Water’s song “amused to death” which was a response to a book by Neil Postman.
We then paired up with some students to do some songwriting. I teamed with a guy called Nick Carpenter and hit it it off, talking about the class we just had and the just recent landing of a robot on that comet. I had written down the lines ‘dust or diamonds’ and we went from there, piecing together an alt/country style song that we will most likely take to the studio on Friday. It was a pretty cool process with a pretty cool outcome. I think everyone came up with the goods today.
Time flies when things are going good. We bundled in the car to get back to Nashville for our gig at the National Underground on Broadway. I played first but was pretty under rehearsed and under prepared. It was alright, but I was left with a feeling that playing live is sometimes just not my thing. It was a realization that came as a relief. I think I have definitely come to some crossroads in my musical direction on this trip. I have new ideas and new thoughts as to what I want to do and what I am good at. These are all good thoughts.
Despite Taylor loosing her voice during her gig, she did a great job. Jake funked the joint and Essie rocked with an acoustic guitar. We met some great locals and drank some good whiskey.
The night continued back home, where we chatted more about the day and the trip in general. Really cool day. I am pretty buzzed still as I lay in bed writing this on an iPhone while Jake snores the house down.