Alright, my challenge is to write a final blog to close out this summer story about my trip/tour out west. And now I’m totally overwhelmed to realize how many tales are left. I don’t know how to end it. Perhaps this is the start to me making one of those blog sites for myself? I haven’t written about so many things and now they will be the kind of blurbs where you know there’s much more then just the mention of a story… So here’s a list of things to ask me about if you ever catch me in a talkative place and time.
* A show in Olympia, WA that was so full of beautiful people in a Mermaid House that I thought for a moment I would only play house shows from here on out.
* Also in Olympia, I shot a bunch of footage for a music video with Eric Klein and Elzza Doll in the Evergreen College woods and the Puget Sound.
* Mcmenamin’s http://www.mcmenamins.com/ , the amazing hotel/spa/brewery, built by Masons, with giant fire escape slides, disk golf and captivating art on every surface inside and outside of the rooms, where I stayed for my birthday in Forest Grove, Oregon, home of the worlds largest barber shop pole.
* Eugene, Oregon where I ventured into the hills to find the little cabin surrounded by poison ivy and blackberries where the wizard/folk legend Brian QTN http://www.qtnrg.org/ resides and we talked till it got dark about life and love and puns and how no one reads blogs… but maybe some people do and he gave me a Johnny Cash autobiography.
* The Oregon Country Fair http://www.oregoncountryfair.org/ where I was overwhelmed by SO many people, great music, a dragon woven from sticks that you could climb inside and where lost my favorite orange cardigan.
* A week exploring Orcas Island, WA with dear friends Ben Turner and his fiance Melissa Castaneda (who should totally be on Project Runway). See http://knit-by-heart.com/ We played with phosphorescence in the water, picked through junk and found relics and Melissa taught me how to dive and swim like a mermaid.
* And for the whole final month of the trip, I worked on Orcas at Four Winds * Westward Ho http://www.fourwindscamp.org/ as the Artist in Residence for the second year in a row. I facilitated an instrument building class to six rowdy, smart 12 year old boys, taught uke, songwriting, bead looming, made shadow theaters, played banjo in hay rides and jumped in the freezing cold sound on record breaker Polar Bear morning.
* The drive back took about a week and was a blur of tired and now I’m here in Greenville. Ready to see what’s next.
So there you have it. It was a successful tour where I got to share my music with many of my friends and fans around the country. Thank you Fete Greenville for sharing the stories of my travels.
PS I’ve got several shows coming up in the Greenville area. Go to www.lynneholcombe.com and/or www.facebook.com/lynneholcombemusic for details and www.picasaweb.google.com/102967034854920625527/SongsFromABookOfMemoriesTour2013 for more pictures from the tour. Also here’s the album that I was touring with, recorded right here in Greenville by Matt Morgan over at Sit-n-Spin Recording Studio http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lynneclideholcombe .