Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Touring”)

An important element of playing music on a professional level is “touring.” I toured a lot when I was younger. I don’t tour as much now, but if someone wanted me to  go n tour I don’t think I would have the availability. I remember waking up “early in the morning” to catch planes to different places. At one point I did it so much that I couldn’t even tell you where I went. I would do 2 shows a night, get in around 2 or 3 am and then wake up at 5 or 6 am just to catch another plane to go someplace else. When I first started I didn’t know how to cope with the very few hours of sleep I got. I remember playing in Cincinnati at some outside venue called the Riverbend theatre opening up for George Benson (famous guitar player). I was so bad off that I was actually starting to fall asleep while “standing up playing.” My head was jerking because I couldn’t rest it anywhere. After that show, I had to learn how to monitor my rest moments. I had another episode when I had to travel outside the country to London, England. We left the United States at 10:00 pm our time. At 1:00 am I could actually see “bright” sunlight through the plane windows. It was day time, and I was “jacked up” with jet lag. When we finally got there, I think London was 5 hours ahead of us, and I made the bad mistake of staying awake the entire plane ride. Once we got there I was hungry AND I was tired simultaneously.  I didn’t know whether to eat or sleep. Of course, touring is a lot easier when you go to places that are closer to home. You can often take a bus to your destination (even though it may take a little longer to get there). I was always apprehensive about taking planes. I got used to it, but I could never fully relax doing so. On buses I didn’t relax much either, but I felt more comfortable on them. Nowadays artists don’t tour as much as they used to. The economy made it expensive to put artists in hotels and grant them food and such. People don’t tour like they used to. I will still travel to perform, but lately it has been more local. Nevertheless, it was a great experience for me and one that I will never forget. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

GC Cameron (He sang the lead part on “It’s a shame” by the Spinners and also sang background on Syreeta’s album) in the studio with Brett Jolly