As a recording artist for many years who put things on hold to make a couple of little people, I’m just getting back to the work of being a performer as well, and today I’m packing up my Littles and my Dad and we’re doing the U.S. West Coast where I’ll be playing six shows and one open mic along the way.
By 11:10 a.m., we pulled out of the parking garage and we’re on our way. Within no time at all (just over 1 hour) we were in line at the Peace Arch US Border. Sweet Petite (age 4) is done with the waiting before we even arrive in line and it takes another 80 minutes before we pull up to the Guard where I hand him my golden ticket my P2 Visa allowing me to tour down the West Coast as a Canadian into the United States.
Sweet Petite lasts about 5 minutes before she’s treating the surrounding area as a play structure including the bodies near by as resting posts and possible boomerangs. As we all have a bit of minivan cabin fever going on, (and this is day 1 within the first 3 hours I might add!) my patience for their excitement is wearing thin but now is not the time to indulge my need to BOSS my children into respecting their surroundings. The key is to remain calm and not look like a terrorist parent moonlighting as a rockstar en route, which at this very moment I feel like I am.
Border Crossing Guards jobs’ are to not look like they’re having any fun, unless it is at your discomfort I assume, but Little Miss’ earlier invitation to the first guard we encountered has trickled into this new experience as this same guard has been transferred inside and is now sitting right next to the guard that is checking my golden ticket and subsequent paperwork. He brags that he was invited to the show and in response Little Miss and Sweet Petite both try to scale the counter like a mountain to extend the invitation to our new gatekeeper. He can’t help but smile.
The venue is an open space with high ceilings and there are already some familiar faces of friendly fans from facebook there to greet me. How cool is that! By 8:05 Thene at Metronome takes to the stage to introduce me and Honorius of Catching Sound has his STAGEIT show he’s streaming of my performance ready to go LIVE. My all day coughing has decided to give me a break for this evening’s show (Thank Goodness! I mean who gets a chest cold before going on tour!) and I begin.
At one point during Come Back Home, Sweet Petite is full on doing laps. Walking onto the stage behind me while I play, around and down onto the floor, passing in front of me on camera, and then back up. Just as I’m about to call ‘Security’ with a twinkle in my eye she stops dead in her tracks on stage next to me and starts singing the lyrics of the chorus back to me.
"I’ve always seen it in your eyes. you’re going to be amazing, when you make your mark on the world, I will be here waiting for you to come back home."
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