Musician Yes. Living No.

I’m hoping that if a little bit more time on my hands, I’ll start to write more music and playing more music. I’m in a better place where I understand what my music and writing mean to me. It’s a good thing, and my mind can be at peace.

I am not trying to take it anywhere or trying to pursue anything with it. I just really, really want to think about my music and what it means to me.

No more over analyzing or overthinking what phrases mean. Or thinking about what other people think about it.

Touring has made me realize that I was not meant to live my life as a musician. And I’m totally ok with that. Truly OK with that.

Touring has made me realize more of my strengths and weaknesses. Made me realize what I want more out of life. But I’m starting to see more and more what my purpose is in this world.

 

 

Artists

Hello from Casper, Wyoming. Not much to do here since there is one Uber in town and we are actually 20 minutes outside of Casper. Either way, happy for a day off.

Before this last run in South Dakota, I decided to fly out early to stay at my grandma’s house for a couple of days. It was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while.

Just to give you an idea of my grandma’s house:

She lives out in the middle of woods in Custer, South Dakota. There are no city streets and you can see every star in the sky at night. It is truly a beautiful experience. Sometimes I think I’m in a scary movie it is so remote.

My grandma died on my birthday three and a half years ago. She was a great person and a talented artist. My grandma went to school for seven years with her masters in art education. She painted very well and she drew like it was real life figures. I cried when I walked into her house and all the paintings were still up. It is what she would have wanted. She didn’t paint for anyone else besides herself.

I know I write mostly about music artists, but I think it’s important to address all the different kinds of artists in the world. My grandma died a true artist and she was one of the best ones who went undiscovered.

Rest in Peace Grandma

 

 

Avicii

I never had the opportunity to work with Avicii. I wish I did because I heard great things about him and his camp. Unfortunately, I won’t get that chance.Tim Bergling, the Swedish EDM star, passed away last week.

I think like the rest of the world, I was shocked to hear the news. A talented soul that was taken too soon. But selfishly, I can’t help but think how we are the same age. He had so much more in his life to accomplish.

As of now, there aren’t any reports of his cause of death. But I do know this. He was well respected in the music world and his fans adored him. He was primarily known for his dance style/remixed, heavy beats music. I’ll be the first to admit, his music is catchy.

Below I attached this awesome article about Avicii and his love for his music. It’s important to know that there are pop stars who give a damn about their work. It has passion and meaning behind it. He loved his work. And as someone who works in the industry, that’s the only reason why most of us do what we do. We love our work.

Rest In Peace

 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8372644/billy-raffoul-avicii-interview-you-be-love

 

Event Safety Alliance

Have you ever been to a show and you were afraid because of the number of people that were there? Or the fact that the crowd was really wild and you couldn’t get to the door?

I have.

My very first mosh pit, I was 15. I almost remember to the minute the lie I told my mom to go to a concert at The Rave on Wisconsin Ave. She didn’t allow me there, she thought the area is too dangerous and I wasn’t ready for it. Which of course, as the saying goes, my mother was always right. But I still went anyways.

I went with a close friend of mine from high school. She knew what she was doing because she went to a lot of shows here… or so I thought.

I remember it was a line up of five bands and Fall Out Boy was the headliner. By the third act, I was accidentally caught in a mosh pit. It was about 50 or so people that were in it. But, I was terrified, I had been pushed around and almost ended up on the ground. I almost lost my breath and became weak very fast. I somehow got out and made my way to the back to catch some air. As my friend made her way out, I remember she went home with one shoe. She didn’t think anything of it. I, on the other hand, should have listened to my mother. Long story short, I haven’t been a big crowd person since.

That was my first and last mosh pit. Big or small crowds of people can be a really dangerous situation very quickly.

Why am I talking about this?

Last week, I attended the Event Saftey Alliance (ESA) seminar, and it was about the physics and math about crowds. I wasn’t able to attend the psychology part, but I do know this. Small or large amounts of people can be ruthless, and we all need to be careful.

Without crowds, we wouldn’t have a show. That’s a fact.  But there needs to be a happy medium for the artist, promoters but most importantly the fans when it comes to crowd safety. Because there could be a 15-year-old in the crowd who could be trampled.

You can check out their website here for more information:

http://eventsafetyalliance.org/

New Tour

I am getting more excited for this year because I just snagged another tour for the summer. I will be working my usual Summerfest in June and July and will be going out on another tour right afterward.

Needless to say, I’m finally getting consistent work I’ve been waiting for. I’m very excited about it but, I’m very grateful for it. Thank God too. All I want to do is work and travel.

After three years of fighting in Nashville, I have finally and will finally be on tour as a production assistant for a tour. It’s literally something I’ve been fighting for the past five years. I can’t believe it is all happening. But it is happening. So here goes nothing.

Wherever life takes me, I’ll enjoy the journey but definitely will be looking forward to the outcome.

 

“Space Cowboy”

After a month of touring, I have a month off. But as awesome as it is to have time off, I need as much work as I possibly can get. Because I’m trying to work as much as I can.

#workworkwork

With that being said, I think there’s going to be a lot happening this year. There are a lot more tours going out, which means bigger line-up for festivals and arena shows. More artists are dropping albums this year which means more music to spread the love this year!

My prediction is this year, a lot of people in Nashville will be dropping a new album. Kacey Musgraves will be coming out with her new album in March and I am excited about it!

I’ve been a fan of her music since she started her career. She tells an old, country story with a modern-day message. She’s old meets new but there’s something profound about her music. It’s not the most upbeat but it is beautiful and catchy in its own way. I applaud her for sticking to her sound. She’s unique in the country world. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I genuinely love her music.

 

Balloon Girl On Tour

I will say this. Getting back into the swing of touring again, is another roller coaster in itself. Trying to get the right amount of sleep, on top of remembering to eat and then, of course, remembering if you showered that day or the night before. Did I mention you still have to do your job?!

Do I think I want to do this for the rest of my life? I don’t know. It does take a special person to live on a tour bus a be a 20-year roadie. To give up your weekends completely. To live your life on the road on someone else’s  schedule. To eat catering food three times a day and it may or may not be good food.

Woof

Are there perks to the job? Of course! Lots of perks. First off, you are working a show. I’ve spent PLENTY of money going to shows before I started working in the industry. Secondly, you do have time to have fun. Like I created Balloon Girl On Tour. It’s pretty much an inside joke between friends. But if you want to catch a glimpse of my adventures, feel free to follow on Instagram: @balloongirlontour

 

 

Jaimee’s Back

I guess I put it all over social media so I can put the great news out on here…

I’m going back out on tour! Yay! My position is dressing room coordinator! It will be full of adventures, challenges and learning growths which I’m excited about.

Am I nervous? Absolutely. Everyone always feels the butterflies in their stomach when they start a new job. I am like everyone else, except my butterflies are completely out of the cage. And they are running wild and I can’t control them.

We go out on tour next week to the northeast. As far as I know, I’ll be out until May. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be out with them in September.

My goal is to kick some major booty and be the best I can be on this tour. I literally said three and half years ago I would get on tour doing what I do best. My job.

 

 

 

So Slow, So Keep Moving

Fair warning: To whoever wants to work in touring, festivals and production world; this is a very slow time of year. Very slow. Like super slow. I think paint drys faster than the months of December through February. This is a really good time to go on holidays and break away from the world.

Like it is so slow everyone is trying to find work… literally any kind of work. I think even most of the venues in Nashville are slow that’s how slow it is. But even if you have work coming in January, February, March, people are STILL looking to occupy their time.

For work right now, I’m working for a wardrobe stylist and working at a venue. I think I said that in my last post. But even then I’m still looking for work. Because I like to work. I’m a workaholic.

So right now, my focus is on this year and getting big gigs and moving my career to the next level. I highly suggest if you are in this field of work that you do the same thing.

 

Just Normal People

As I climb into adulthood, I understand more and more where I stand in the industry. And as I get older, I start to understand more about stardom and what “being famous” really means.

Being famous means that you are somehow or someway famous people are associated with social media or media. And EVERYONE seems to know about EVERYTHING about your business. Whether you like it or not.

Sometimes you are famous because you are ACTUALLY good at something… other times you are not.

Either way, I read Anna Kendrick’s book about her upbringing and her world of “being famous”.  She puts in best by saying:

“I still had a tar stain in the middle of my living room floor while I was on tour promoting Up in the Air.”

… You have to read the book as to why she has a tar stain in the middle of the floor but the point is, even though she was already a household name, she still didn’t have a lot of money or ties to her name yet. And I believe she was nominated for an award for that movie.

It’s a hard lesson to learn but you have to stop comparing yourself to other people. It always looks like someone is doing better than you but the truth is, we all have a tar stain in the middle of the floor.