Ordinarily, its not in my nature to stay down. I'm usually the motivator-in-chief. That's always been my role. This time I was just too tired.
I fell in a hole...and I stayed there.
Everybody has problems. Mine aren't special. I have poured thousands of hours into releasing my latest album, and set up a short support tour that I just came home from a couple weeks ago. When I got home I found my brand new website was down and it was unrecoverable. Two weeks and about $1500 in cost...gone in an instant.
I had one last show left in Orlando, which was an easy acoustic performance with a really cool cat named Justin Orlow. Arrangements were made to record the show.After being gone from home for two weeks, and getting little sleep, I was already exhausted. On the drive to Orlando, the engine in my truck started to knock. I knew this wasn't good; it sounded like the crank shaft bearing.
Cue the darkness.
I made it to the show, and did my best to be cordial, but the lack of sleep and the knowledge of my situation with website, and now my truck, felt like a ball and chain on my demeanor.I played first, and it was horrible. I hated every note I played and to make matters worse, it was recorded. I couldn't wait to get out of there.
I limped my truck back home. By the time I got there the truck was shaking and my engine sounded like dragging a rake through gravel. The crankshaft bearing is shot. Its a V10, and the cost of getting it fixed is so outrageous that the truck is probably finished.
So there I am. No website, a shitty performance, and no more transportation.
I have no idea how I'm getting to the shows I have booked, and I already started on a winter tour idea, with Justin Orlow, and I don't even know how I'm getting there. This, all at the moment when I'm releasing a new album.
An album I really need to do well so I can, you know....buy a new truck.
I'm not writing this for anyone's sympathy. I'm writing it because you all deserve an explanation.
As you can see from this post, I've got my website up (barely). I'll climb out of the hole. I just need some time.
- Iron Mike