Monday, July 16, 2012
The Steel Wheels live and the Backup we all need
JRL did a show with Trent and the band a few years back, and it was great to hear the maturation of their material and performance since then.
It left me thinking again about the challenge and joy of touring regularly -- you develop competencies that are a profound gift, but it comes at a price, even to those who do it well and wisely. I left encouraged, sobered and inspired, and hoping to find that balance in the season ahead where I become more competent and able to give a gift that is worth peoples' time and money -- without trading in my deep love of music and message and beauty and core relationships rooted in a specific time and place.
I see this as sort of a tightrope walk requiring regular miracles and interventions both divine and human. In reality, though, the road a traveling musician walks is in it's essence not much different than many other professions -- each come with unique challenges and require the sort of backup to do well that most of us don't have
"When will we see the need to call in backup?"
- JRL, Backup, 2005 (thanks Amber)