Touring Takes Trust

Touring Takes Trust
April 25, 2013

Greetings from Pennsylvania!

I am back out on the road for the Step by Step by Step Tour. On Monday I played at Sitwell's Coffeehouse in Cincinnati, OH (a very cool spot near the University of Cincinnati). But I had a problem...

When I cancelled my house concert in Ambler, PA to go home and take care of some personal stuff, I left my keyboard. I found out later that I didn't need to do that, but at the time I wanted to make sure the artist I was playing with that night, Joy Ike, had a keyboard to play. I wasn't sure she was bringing hers since she was taking a bus from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia.

Anyway, I left my keyboard.

Well, this presented a dilemma (uh, yeah...). Since I really didn't have time to make arrangements before Monday, I was scrambling to try and find a keyboard I could borrow or rent. At one point during the trip from Georgia to Ohio I was convinced that I would have to BUY a keyboard (which I cannot afford) so that I would have one to play that night. I even considered performing the show a capella. This was not looking good.

But, technology came through for me.

Actually, a couple awesome people came through for me. Technology got us connected, but it was the willingness of a couple amazing individuals (who didn't even know me) that saved the day. I was able to pick up a (very nice) keyboard before heading to Sitwell's. AND through this process, I was offered a place to stay, so I didn't have to get a cheap hotel in a sketchy part of Cincinnati. Awesome!

So, thank you Theresa, Amanda and Diane (and Diane's husband for helping me carry that beast of a keyboard up out of your basement)!

I've said this before and this story proves it. I am an "independent" artist, but I think "interdependent" better describes my world. This touring thing takes trust. And if you really think about it, LIFE takes trust. Life is risky. Whether you're traveling across the country or across the street, every day presents opportunities to trust others, yourself, and God.

I am learning quite a bit about trust these days. And I am finding that when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and trust others, we will experience a fullness in life that we simply cannot have when we try to do everything alone.