What the road has taught me.
I think it’s safe for me to speak on behalf of everyone in the band when I say it’s been one hell of a year for The Broadcast. On a personal note I can say this: My understanding for the music industry and what it means to be a touring band in the 21st Century has grown tremendously over the last 10 months, and even more so what it means to be a woman in the business.
First and foremost, I have to give a lot of love and credit to our fans and listeners- you’ve been so loving and embracing of me on the road- I’ve literally had girls (that were at the time strangers, and are now beautiful friends of mine) offer to do my hair on my days off, take me out shopping at the best local shops because “it must be crazy being on the road with all those guys” and of course let me not forget the half a dozen “parents of the road”, kind strangers who have opened their beautiful homes to us in new cities- sitting us down for home cooked meals, setting up places for us to sleep, and sending us on our way with food to go.
I won’t lie, when I first set out on the path of becoming a “lead singer in a band” a lot of my dreams were naturally the self serving fantasies of an ambitious 20-something from New York City. As the years have continued to roll on as they do, so has the carousel of my perspective turned to face a new horizon. The people I have met, the cities I have traveled to have made an impression on me that has left me staggeringly altered. I always said I wanted my music to touch the hearts of thousands of people. Now, at the beginning of the closing of another decade in my life I am staring to understand the value of what that means. And yes, there are still the ambitious dreams- headlining Red Rocks, touring overseas, recording with a full orchestra – but those dreams don’t penetrate nearly as deep as the personal connections live music has brought into my life.
Being a touring musician has taught me about what it means to work, what it means to be passionate, what it means to put everything on the line for an idea that I believe in. I believe in live music. I believe in women in music. I believe in the authentic creation of music without the superfluous fluff that is only a distraction from what music has always been intended for. A pathway for communication.
Being a touring musician has taught me about America. As a girl from a suburb outside of Detroit, then transplanted to New York City in high school only to relocate to the mountains of North Carolina in my mid-20s to tour the country in a rock band, let me say this:
We are so much more similar than I ever could have imagined. People are doing incredible things across the country, and when I open my eyes even wider, I can see people are doing extraordinary things around the world. There is an uncanny common thread among us all that is growing. Creating live music is a beautiful service that I have had the gift of offering – a calling that is timeless, spanning across generations – spreading ideas, emotions, messages, protests, cries for help and calls for celebration. I am astronomically lucky to be a part of this cultural lineage.