Saturday, Jun 15 @ 11:06 AM

We hit our doorstep at midnight last night, after a week-long cruise from Seattle to Alaska and back. It was the first time I’d been on a cruise ship as a guest (I played on one, down in the Bahamas, years ago), and it was truly a pure vacation. Although, for me, even a vacation doesn’t seem right without one of my guitars. I was happy as a clam playing guitar on the balcony of our stateroom, or late at night in the ship’s library. I saw some fine musicians, as well, including the Chroma String Trio: three very talented gals who had a really fine and very eclectic repertoire. They were kind enough to chat with me about their experiences playing on a cruise ship, and I think this may be something for me to pursue again, sometime in the next year or so. Our arrival back home was met with an extremely happy puppy who was consequently far too excited to go to sleep when we were more than ready for bed (two words: tongue bath). Ah, but it is good to be back home. This next week, I’ll be wrapping up things on the upcoming album. We should begin mixing and mastering for the next week or so, looking to get everything off to the pressing plant by the 1st of July. Meanwhile, the tour plans are falling nicely into place, too. The trip was exactly the moment of rest and recreation it was meant to be, but now (rested, refreshed, yes) it’s time to hit the ground running.

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