Every so often I do an update here about what the girls and their fellow musicians are up to. It looks like 2019 will be another busy year, but we’re hoping for a little more space in between gigs than we had in 2018. Rebecca learned that four gigs in the span of a week makes for one tired musician.
If you work as a musician, you know how it is. You’ll have gigs on the book for a certain week, and a too-great-to-decline offer comes up. So you put it on the calendar. That happened quite a few times in 2018.
There’s also the busy work of running a small business. Rebecca does a good job and I help as I can, but the paperwork alone can be tedious. Music looks glamorous from the outside, but when you’re on the inside of it and doing it fulltime, it takes a lot of energy.
Last year there were lots of personal events going on, and that made scheduling tricky. There’s good news and bad news on that front.
This year, we’ll have lots of personal events going on too. We’ll also have another busy year of performances. A new baby for Jen, a couple weddings for loved ones in our extended family, and some exciting venues away from Jax mean logistics will require attention.
Rebecca managed to snag some time to work on the pile of songs she’s been writing, and she’ll be doing some jam videos as those songs progress. I love watching that progression, as nuances are added vocally and on guitar. She posted a first run video of one of my favorites on Facebook, “A Hard Man to Please.”
Jen also has some songs on the back burner, and she’ll get back to those once baby boy is here.
Rebecca will be doing solo work and doing some duo work with Wes Goode. Jen took very little time off before and after her baby girl was born, so this go ‘round, we were able to plan something close to a real maternity leave for her. With her first, I had fears that baby would be born on and out-of-town stage because they were booked right up until her due date. Jen returned to the stage when Kayla was about two weeks old.
In weeks ahead, Rebecca will do some duo gigs with Wes, including an evening at The Green Turtle in Fernandina Beach. Brick Oven (Fleming Island) and Ragtime Tavern (Atlantic Beach) are among Rebecca’s solo gigs for February. Corporate events are on the books this spring, and we’re looking at some out of state opportunities that will be posted on The Crazy Daysies website.
Meanwhile, the girls are exploring licensing opportunities and while there’s been some small success, we’re still working on the big one.
Otherwise, we’re developing some creative ideas for performances, refining new songs, and booking from spring into the fall and winter months. Rebecca is settling into married life with her new husband Joshua and Jennifer and David have been busy getting the nursery ready for that baby boy.
Life is busy but good.
Jen’s last public performance before her maternity leave is Friday, January 25, when she’ll duo with Rebecca at 7 Bridges Grille and Brewery on Jacksonville’s Southside from 8 p.m. until midnight.
(Kay B. Day/Jan. 24, 2019)