I don’t know how to thank The Bad Plus—Ethan, Dave, Reid—for taking me around the globe with them. This was a culminating experience in my life. I’d not ever left the shores of America before this happened and it was the fulfillment of many long held dreams—with perks—the honor of singing in all these countries and cities for a year and a half.
It was inspiring to “make the music” with these consummate professionals—joining them on so many stages night after night. It expanded the depth and breadth of my musical knowledge in ways I continue to discover. Equally inspiring, was to experience so many places in the world with them like London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, San Sebastian, Budapest, Rio— just to name a few. Jet-lagged and sleep-deprived, dining or eating nuts from a bag, making hilarious movies, strolling dark streets, keeping separate spaces on airplanes or in vans, sharing books we were reading, talking politics, sharing frustrations, rushing to gates or waiting for hours in clogged airports was actually fun, full of laughs and surprisingly easy on a day to day basis. And performing with them—brilliant, always. Every night.
There are so many more people to thank. The audiences were so embracing and talking with many of those who came to hear us after shows was very satisfying and invigorating. I made many new friends, some of whom I may never see again and some of whom I keep in touch with. All of those who shepherded us from planes to airports to stages—all of them—were friendly, accommodating, kind and gracious. Most of them had stories to tell which I’ll long remember and some of them were told in this blog. You guys were beyond awesome.
So, now it’s goodbye and farewell. I also want to thank all of you who followed along with me on this tour blog through many countries and cities. You kept me company over thousands of miles traveled, so many stages, innumerable airports and hotels and all the illuminated and sleepless nights.
This was the journey of a lifetime.
Finally, to Mary Nagan, who sent me off into the sky with final blessings as she departed this earth in her own way, this blog is dedicated to you. You were like a mother to me. I will love you and miss you, always.