Our musician son has been on a cross country tour with The Greg Burroughs Band for the last six months. They were here in DC with us for a couple of days between gigs, so we got to hear a lot about life on the road. They are all great fun– intelligent, entertaining, engaging, polite and helpful. Besides plenty of eating and sleeping, they tracked quite a few miles walking around the city and made time for practicing in the basement. They also have plenty of tales to tell from their adventures. Since I’m taking ANGELon “book tour” in March, beginning in the Atlanta area and then up to East Tennessee for two weeks of back to back book club visits, library talks and readings, I’ve listened with great interest, hoping to glean some insight into how to survive the circuit. I’ve gotten lots of great pointers. Here are some ways that my tour will NOT be like theirs.
1) I will be keeping my place of residence, even if it means having to pay that pesky mortgage. It’s good to have an address and besides, Ted lives here too.
2) I will most definitely be sleeping in a bed every night while away, not in the car every now and then to save money.
3) I won’t be traveling with a crock pot for the hotel room.
4) My “gigs” will most likely be winding down by 10pm, not just getting started.
5) Hopefully my fans won’t need ear plugs while I’m reading, and most likely will not be dancing during my performance–but you never know.
6) I won’t need a trailer to haul my equipment. All I need is a copy of ANGEL.
7) I don’t need to spend months on the road. Just a few days at a time is fine with me!
On the other hand, if I can have half of their energy and drive I’ll be doing great. If I can keep going despite delays, setbacks and things not always turning out as hoped or expected, I’ll be ahead of the game. If we can all evolve, evaluate and adapt, then whatever our “tour,” is about, books or music or just this thing called life, then we will be successful, because it’s all good. And being thirty years younger wouldn’t be such a bad thing either.