I feel good today despite the fact that yesterday I was awake for over 30 hours before I went to sleep last night at 9pm. The day before I napped till about 4:45pm. Then a friend came over for the money I owed him and hung out for a bit. I stayed online and worked till I had to shower and get dressed for work. Worked graveyard shift all night and then came home and did a crazy wonderful inside-out inside-in Mom Hen non-stop day, which ended with me tuning in to Shashona's first night back on the airwaves from her early in the new year vacation - both on the radio and the chatroom. It was almost a Mother Hen Promotions hour - except for 2 tracks, she played ALL Mom Hen clients. She started the Mom Hen set with Chico Schwall and then continued with Kerry Patrick Clark and Gary Stokdale and John Roy Zat and Severin Browne and John Batdorf and Steve Eulberg and Mark Cote and Jean Mann and it was a blast. It was somewhere in there while in the chatroom that I realized that with just one 5-hour energy shot that morning after getting home from the night job, I had been up for over 30 hours. And then I crashed.
Today is a new day... Sammy's got his breakfast in bed (he likes chilling in the sunny room in the morning), and the soup is dealt with and I've got my brekkie and today will be a busy Mom Hen day again - which is absolutely fine. Kerry Patrick Clark has a brand new CD that I'm excited about and there are a lot of i's to dot and t's to cross. Gary Stockdale is making a transition from Emmy-Nominated Music Composer / Arranger / Conductor to Comedic Singer-Songwriter and it's a pretty exciting trip for both of us. Chico Schwall is bringing his musical expertise to the internet, where his music has not been promoted before, and I'm pleased to be the messenger and the internet technician chosen to do this. I love working with KC Cafe and Indie Showcase and Airplay Direct. Plus, I'm learning about radio promotion, which I am liking more and more every day, and intend to delve deeper into it as soon as I move and get settled in my new state, my new city, my new Mom Hen full-time life.
I will be moving in mid-to-late April. I do like Los Angeles and California but the rents here make it very difficult to make ends meet and my priority is to make Mother Hen Promotions a full-fledged full-time business. The last few months of doing Mom Hen work during the day and working four 8 hour night shifts a week has very literally kicked my ass. I can't do it anymore, from the time point of view, health point of view, and also dealing with customers who treat anyone behind a counter like dirt. I need to restore my faith in the people and I need to keep doing what I love. I would come home from a bad night at the graveyard shift and be greeted with wonderful news of radio play for a client, and the frown would be replaced with a laugh and a smile and pleasure in being able to let my client know (and saying thank you to the DJ). Being Mom Hen makes me happy. It is hard work too, but it's different and I have a very good work ethic and I have now found where and who I want to be. It's been an interesting journey.
The place I can do it in is Eugene, Oregon. A big little city with a rockstar downtown area where it is safe to walk ... where within walking-minutes you can be at the Greyhound bus station, train station, river bike and walkways, Lane County bus depot, my bank, Saturday market, Starbucks, the healthy Kiva Market, or a visit with a friend. And rents that are a third of what I pay now. And a train whistle all throughout the day and night - something that is like a comfort sound to me. So the so-far survivor can now thrive and build and create and get back to some things I love that I have had to give up for a time.
I am looking forward to getting back to some things like maybe joining a choir so I can add my alto voice to seasonal halleluiah's, and also something that I had a very hard time getting used to when I graduated from college ... everybody else went into their new lives with gusto and no longer had time to get together and sit down with music and guitars and exchange the friendship and the music. Everybody else was into hurry up and live and forgot what previously made them happy. I went off and lived like I was supposed to, and in some ways my life became insular. I am a loner to start with so it wasn't a problem. But I missed/miss sharing. And I want to share again. The big soups I make which now serve as lunches for the night job and meals for during the day - I want to share with friends. The same with my tea concoctions. I want to be able to drink a glass of wine with friends while listening to music on a night out. And ... Oregon is very close to the Nez Perce tribal lands where they still breed and raise foundation appaloosa's. Banjo and Gypsy were foundation in their hearts and minds and spots - it's time again for an opinionated beautifully hammer-headed stubborn big-hearted full spotted sound appy to enter my life again.
And so, this all culminates in the fact that I am moving to Eugene, Oregon and will be on site in my work/live apartment in downtown Eugene by mid-t0-late April. The internet work I do makes it something I can do from anywhere.
Onward. Upward. Sidewards. Tally-Ho!