Wednesday December 30th 2015
We’re leaving for San Diego today. The day before we leave somewhere always feels odd. I had dinner with my sister last night. I’ll see her again for our birthday on February 26th. Mom is coming out to see us then. That’ll be fun! Traveling is such an odd thing. Thoth went to the airport this morning with Nancee and got the rental car. We have been driving down to San Diego every January since 2010! That’s why we have the biggest community there, we’re there longer than anywhere else. I feel like I want to put on some kind of monthly gathering for fans/friends of Tribal Baroque while we’re there. I had such an amazing birthday gathering last year. It’s nice to have community. We don’t really have it anywhere else but here.
Last December we were super busy; we composed, rehearsed and recorded a new album with Michael C., Rhan and Dad, played at Tourette’s Without Regrets, did 3 parties with Scott L., and even went and stayed with John G. in SF for a week. This year we played Tourette’s and my sister came with us, went to a party with Scott L., we recorded another album with just Thoth and I. we had dinner with Michael C. once but we didn’t go stay with John G. even though he wanted us to. Last December I was drawing like a fiend and my sister wasn’t in town, this year I was vlogging and writing like a fiend and my sister was in town so I had to make time to hang out with her.
I want us to have another opera commission. Having the commission last year was so helpful and productive for us. We wrote and performed the music so much faster simply because we had to have it at a certain level by September. We basically wrote an opera in 8 months. The 2nd opera will take longer simply because we have no deadline. I like deadlines. It motivate me in a way nothing else does. This year we have to keep ourselves going alone, as usual. Last year we felt so supported. I knew the year after the commission would be hard. We’re on our own again.
On a different subject, I am SO glad the Christmas season is over! Christmas is depressing for me. It’s all about family and presents, and I haven’t been home for Christmas since 2010. We very well could go home for Christmas in 2016 because my mom is now sober. The past 5 Christmases have been very depressing and lonely. Everyone is with family. Thoth and I have never developed a Christmas tradition because we can’t wrap our heads around the idea of spending our hard earned money on presents. Maybe if we went home to my mom it would be more fun.