Okay friends, here we go.
I worked on this for several hours yesterday.
I think everything might even be spelled correctly.
These tour dates and agreements all represent a lot of begging and pleading and negotiating and worrying and waiting.
Booking the tours is not fun for me, but I get it done, every time, with varying results, but it does happen.
I want a record label behind the scenes helping me do all of this.
I want support for the tour and the making of the records.
I'm happy to write the songs, play the shows, do all the radio and record store performances for free, be the artist in every way.
I'm not that happy being the booking agent and the promoter and the manager and the publicist.
I want a record label to want me.
I think it's going to happen.
I want it to happen, so I'm speaking my desire.
In the meantime, I think I'm doing a pretty darn good job.
One of my last hurdles is to rent a vehicle in Germany to drive us around for the whole two weeks.
The renting requires a security deposit which is more than I have in any of my accounts or on my credit card as available credit.
I started a fairly small Facebook Fundraiser yesterday, for $1500, and it's at almost $700 this morning!
If you can contribute to that, go to my Facebook page or click here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/681673895684910/10215709123505290/
I'm grateful to everyone who's been helping all along the way.
"..and I know you have a heavy heart, I feel it when we kiss, many men stronger than me have thrown their backs out trying to lift it..." do you know that lyric? From Bright Eyes, the artist Conor Oberst.
Well, I feel like a few people have thrown their backs out trying to lift this thing for me and with me, and I can't name them but there have been people in board rooms at big record labels who have gone to bat for me since even my first album fifteen years ago.
It's been a long road.
I've spent all the money I was supposed to live on for the rest of my life after my divorce.
I've spent way beyond that by using my credit as well.
I can't turn back because I don't want to.
It would be dumb and depressing to quit now, and I have no better way of generating income..this is my best possible job.
There is absolutely no choice.
And I am thrilled with that.
Stand and sing for the people.
That's what I want to do.
I can do it on a street corner in the rain like I did yesterday, and made a hundred and thirty dollars.
I can do it in concert halls and music clubs all across Europe and America.
I can do it at the coffeeshop down the street like I'm going to do this Friday with Rob Genadek.
It's all a lot better than any other job for me.
I want you to be happy too!
Here's the Europe plan, maybe one of these is near you!