Home For A Moment

April 13, 2010 11:37 pm

Hello from home, I hope everyone is doing wonderful.

A friend of mine from Kansas City sent me this quote by Robert Lewis Stevenson.

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

To me, that quote makes sense. And it helps me make sense of these circles I’ve been driving (and riding) around the country for all these years. This past tour has been long. Long and amazing. It started in Canada on January 27th and ended here in Richmond, VA on April 10. I’ve played more shows than I can count. And I’ve played with some of the best folks I have ever known. Bands like Against Me! Chuck Ragan, Red Clay River, Possessed by Paul James, Ninja Gun and so many more.

And when the odds were stacked against us we still made every show. When the transmission busted in my van, Matt Gere (my Tour Manager) stayed with it back in Indiana to get fixed while Red Clay River squeezed me, my dog Emma and my guitar into their van so I could make the shows. Meanwhile Matt limped my van back to Richmond running on 7 cylinders and faulty breaks, where Sarah Kiesler lent us her little Honda Civic so we could get to all the East Coast dates. Then up in Brooklyn, Red Clay River got their van with all their gear in it stolen, with only two more shows to play. A few weeks earlier, Konrad of Possessed by Paul James and Vanessa Jean (of Lubrication Zine fame) had a bad accident on MLK in Oakland, putting a incredible damper on even the idea of getting on stage. But the shows were still played. The shows were played with broken gear, broken hands and with out voice. But they were played. Often with the help of friends and strangers. I think at this point, it’s all we know how to do. To KEEP GOING. To keep moving. To ask for help when in need and to make it to our destinations no matter how hard. And then go again.

You know what this is leading up to. It’s a simple thank you. It’s a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped me and my people along the way. For coming to the shows, for putting them on, for putting us up, for putting up with us, for breakfast at dinner time and beers at breakfast.

This life is short and this world small. I’m thankful for it.

ONWARD TO AUSTRALIA! STOKED!

All my love,
Tim Barry
Richmond, VA
April 2010