Friday, November 29, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I had a fantastic workout today… one that I'm sure I'll be feeling for a couple days. I felt really strong today. It's all starting to pay off.
After the gym, I made it back to the house to shower & subsequently leave for dinner then a rendezvous at a housewarming party.
Not much to report beyond that. Still pretty wired as I haven't even been awake for 12 hours yet. Thinking about going downstairs to practice bass again. I had so much fun with that last night. Y'all all rest up. Thanksgiving is an awesome time of year.
Monday, November 25, 2013
My little lady works the night shift & I want to sync up with her since I'll be here for over a week. I'm doing what I can. She's working now. I'm almost done with laundry. I practiced bass guitar (of all things tonight). I played along with my favorite gospel songs. iPads are amazing things.
I guess I'll have Tumblr Tuesday tomorrow. I'm going to do my best to give good answers. I feel that I have been very short over the past few months with my answers. I can do better.
I probably won't get up until the early afternoon so don't get frustrated with the lack of answers until the afternoon.
Anyways, I hope you all are sleeping well. I know that I will when my time comes.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
We've been working EXTREMELY hard lately. Festivals/shows into shows into studio/CMA's into shows into shows. Tomorrow marks the first day of a 10-day break for us. So fucking stoked. Not that I DON'T enjoy my job. It's just nice to reset. Thanksgiving is coming not a moment too soon.
This past week has seen me recover in record time. It was uncomfortably cold in Montana - both Missoula & Bozeman. Super cold means super heat everywhere you go inside… which means super dry… in an especially dry place. Didn't really feel normal until today. I honestly felt myself recovering in Boise yesterday. Spokane was FINALLY a normal show day for me. It also marked day four in the gym. I'm starting to REALLY feel good about working out. Pushing myself harder & harder is just normal now. I feel stronger during the shows & I'm sleeping a lot better at night.
Oh well. I get up in four hours so I can shower, ride to the airport, fly from Spokane to Minneapolis, then to Detroit, then to Manchester. Ready to be in the same place for 10 days… for the first time all year. My max was 9 days - in Nashville. Gonna be pretty sweet.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
San Jose. Parts I'll never forget. Parts I'lll hope to forget very soon. The Georgia Bulldogs lost a heartbreaking comeback game in Auburn today. Bad fundamentals on one play blew the whole thing. It's hard to get excited for my teams these days: Falcons, Hawks, Bulldogs… even the Braves are hard to get excited about… they aren't even playing now.
Right around soundcheck I started feeling a chill in my body & a fatigue in my limbs. It was like a flu feeling… but it came on so quickly. It was VERY strange. An hour later, I couldn't keep from shivering or feel computable at all. I ended up taking a hot shower & getting in my bunk with 3 comforters. Eventually, the shivering subsided. I dressed & went to vocal warmups. I was hoping for the best but the fatigue & lack of strength was overpowering. Luckily, my voice wasn't effected. However, the pushing of the diaphragm was. It was the HARDEST I've ever worked during a show. I honestly believe that I wouldn't have done as well if I hadn't been improving my endurance from working out over the past year or so.
Dave Grohl got on stage with us tonight & played the Foo Fighters song "Times Like the These." It was pretty awesome considering my failing health.
Anyway, I made it through. Made it back to the hotel. My fever broke sometime around 3-4am. I'm still not right but I'm happy that my little nurse is here to take care of me. Now for a couple days off.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Anyway, it's been a great couple of shows, performance wise. We've officially been reenergized musically after the studio last week.
I've been hard at work in the gym all week. Maybe one more day in there tomorrow morning… then a couple days off to recoup physically. Also excited that my little lady is joining me on the road tomorrow night. She's a trooper. Ready to see her.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Let me just say that our week with Dave Grohl was every bit as cool as the description entails. I entered the week just a fan, but I left the week with a buddy & a TREMENDOUS amount of respect for him personally & professionally. I've worked with MANY producers; sometimes as just a player, sometimes as an engineer, & sometimes as the artist myself. Dave Grohl gets it. He's been in every chair too. I can only hope to have his perspective, zen, & energy that he has in the studio in 9 years. I know I shouldn't compared myself with him, but that's one way I drive myself. I wouldn't be where I am without John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Peter Stroud, Brandon Bush, or Matt Mangano… & now Zac Brown & Dave Grohl.
Anywho, the CMA's were the most fun I'd had at an award show. We sat for a bit, played, then left. We were two drinks in by the time the show was over. We rode the feel good vibe of that night for the rest of the week. Not to mention, some of us wore the hangover throughout the next day. I know that I didn't even get a chance to shower.
Fast forward almost a week & I'm already on the west coast. Landed at LAX a couple of hours ago. I'm on the bus & I had a late meal (late for central time anyway). It's time to get some rest & endure the next 4 days of shows. Mentally, I'm completely recharged & ready for battle. Physically, I'm pretty tired. My workout schedule has been rather vigorous. My lady is coming out to the last couple shows this weekend so I'll have some built in days off… but they seem so far away. Maybe I'm just whining because I was on a plane(s) for so long.
Good night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Coy punched a couple of sections on the Hammond. Jimmy, Hop, Danny, & I took our parts 'back to formula.' I pretty much played the same thing as last night, just with a different guitar & amp. I'm tickled over the result. As much as I love the sound & the way my Les Paul Junior plays, I'm a Les Paul Standard man at heart.
Zac finished the day by singing the song… many times. I think they'll comp his track tonight. Tomorrow will be background vocals first thing in the morning. Then we'll move on to the next song. Rock.
PS. Go Dawgs.
Friday, November 1, 2013
We arranged 4 songs… finally committing one of those to tape. I'd imagine tomorrow will be as productive but more fruitful (knock on wood)… if you consider the fruit being actual takes.
Anywho, I'm fucking tired… but happy about it. TOTALLY worth it. Checking out. Sincerely, Clay.