One thing I can say is that I am glad that those days of touring are fairly over for me. When I was younger I was excited about going to different places and meeting up with different people when performing. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this thing could kill me if I didn’t handle it right. First, let me tell you that the very first artist celebrity that I went on tour with was Jean Carn. She had a number one song entitled “Closer than close” among others. When I first went on tour with her, we had to do a gig in London, England around some place called Piccadilly Circus. I remember traveling to New York to catch a plane that left at 10:00 pm. While I was on the plane, I noticed that around 1:00 am (my time) it was bright daylight showing through the windows of the plane. Of course, I have problems sleeping on planes so by the time we got there I was all jacked up. I believe London was 5 hours ahead of us and I didn’t know which way was up. We were there for 2 weeks and once I got adjusted to their time then we had to come back home. Also I remember doing dates here in the States where we would do 2 shows a night and finally get to our hotel room around 2 or 3 in the morning. After doing this for a while and waking up at 5 or 6 am (to catch a plane to our next destination) I didn’t know my name. I remember being in Cincinnati, Ohio at some place called the Riverbend theatre. We were opening up for guitarist George Benson and it was an outside amphitheater. I was “so messed up” that I was actually falling asleep standing up… while “playing.” Once that show was over with I went straight to my hotel room and tried to get as much sleep as I could. Jet lag can do some nasty things to you if you are not prepared for it. I could easily see why some people turned to drugs in order to get through. I don’t do drugs at all, so I just had to deal with it. Sometimes I was so messed up that I couldn’t even tell you if I had been to a certain city or not (because I honestly didn’t know where I was at the time). They don’t tour like they used to, so except for an occasional date here and there I can expect to spend time near home now. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this experience with you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jean Carn in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar