Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I'm not a douche

To the guy who came up to me at the end of our show in Kemah this weekend, took a sticker and said, "You guys sounded good":

What I thought you said was, "Were you guys any good?" as if you had just gotten there, were waiting for the next band, and were asking one of those questions that people sometime ask us just to see if they can throw us off-kilter and make us look stupid. People do that. I'm not sure why - maybe it's so they can show their friends or their girlfriend how, even though they're not on stage, they're cooler/smarter/more clever than we are. But for whatever reason, people do that. And you learn to have quick answers at the ready.

So, when I answered you by saying, "Of course! We were amazing!" I promise I wasn't being an arrogant asshole. I was just trying to have a good-natured response to what I thought was someone being a jerk.


It was only after you'd walked away that I realized what you'd actually said and how my response must have sounded.

I looked for you the whole time we loaded out, so I could explain, but didn't see you again. (sigh)

On the upside, Johnny found my response hilarious when I told him about it later. He's very sensitive.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Head west, young man!

This past Saturday, The Staylyns' loaded up the van and headed west for our first trip to San Angelo, Texas - hopefully of many! We had a beautiful drive, but before I get to that, let me tell you about the gig.

We played a bar called The Office:

This little hottie greets you at the door. I have no idea why the bar's mascot is a sheep. Are they saying all office workers are sheep? That seems insulting. And slutty sheep? I don't know - I think more explanation should be given.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Aren't musicians supposed to sleep late?

Johnny often says that one of the reasons he became a musician was so that he wouldn't have to get up early. So, it figures that in the past eight days, he has had to get up before dawn five times - all for music!

He can't really complain, though, because along with these early mornings has come thousands of spectators, newspaper coverage, television coverage, and even a few private plane rides. Rock star stuff!

Here's what he's been up to:

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Running - what's up with that?

We survived! At least for this weekend.

Epic April has begun, and so far, so good. We had a really great show at Junior's in Round Rock on Friday night, followed by a music e-bike tour on Saturday afternoon, capped off with playing the Cap 10k Sunday morning. Then I took a nap.

The Cap 10 is always a fun event for us. Getting up before dawn is somewhat insane (I will never understand people who do that so they can go RUN - and they're even not being chased or paid!), but there's such positive energy from the runners, and it's fun to see the costumes, though I'll admit there are fewer of those every year. Makes me kinda sad.

We did get a little love from the media this year. We made the photo roll for the Austin American-Statesman: