Here are a few photos from my four day adventure in Florida.
Of course, any road trip has to start with the look my dog gives me as I’m walking out the door with my suitcase…
I got bumped into First Class on my USAirways flight to Orlando. This was mighty exciting.
One time, my friend Joy took a picture of her First Class seat and sent it to me on my cell phone. She was so excited that she didn’t care what all the grumpy business men in first class thought of someone taking a photo of her own seat.
I was excited. But I couldn’t bring myself to actually take the photo!
On Friday morning, I drove to the WMNF studios in Tampa for the Live Music Showcase with Bill Dudley and Nell Abram.
It’s a challenge to sing and do an hour-long interview at 9am. Luckily, WMNF is just about the best station out there – so it makes it worth it. The interview was fun. And everyone at the station was unbelievably kind. (Julie Scheid at the front desk even printed out directions to the Wild Oats, so I could go find some Kombucha for my lunch!)
This the Friday Morning Musicale, a 400 seat theatre in the Hyde Park area of Tampa. I found my way there in spite of MapQuest’s attempt to make me turn right into the Hillsbrough River.
I took this photo as we were getting ready for sound check.
Someone borrowed my camera and took this picture during the show. (Apparently, there were two of me.)
On Saturday I drove across the Everglades – with Carl Hiassen on the iPod – over to Ft. Lauderdale for a show at the Labyrinth Cafe. This shot is after the show. It’s me with two of my favorite music promoters in the world – Susan Moss (left) who promotes the Labyrinth shows, and Cindy Edwards (right) who came all the way down from Sitka, AK just to see me play. (She surprised me by walking right up to me as I was about to get on stage. She’s the promoter I work with in Sitka. And she happened to be in Florida for the week.) I love these two women!
Dinner at midnight after the show at the Peter Pan Diner (Restaurant, Bakery and Lounge – now there’s a classy joint!)
Susan’s dog Rocky – the bad-assest Shih Tzu in the whole state of Florida. (And I’m not just saying that.)
I drove about 20 miles under the speed limit the whole way back across the Everglades because I couldn’t stop watching the birds. I got honked at and flipped off several times by angry pickup truck drivers who had more important things to do than smile at the herons. I happened to see this alligator in time to pull over and take a picture.
My Sunday evening show was at 6pm. A house concert at one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen. It was designed by the owner himself and will be featured in Dwell Magazine someday, I’m sure.
Even though time was pretty tight, I got to take a boat ride out on Lake Tarpon right before the show. (One of my mantras is “My kingdom for a boat ride.”) We did a brief ride down an inlet so I could see the way Florida used to look before ol’ Walt came and paved it over. (…she says as she moves her Complaint-Free-World bracelet over to the other wrist.)
A House Concert is a concert in someone’s home. This particular series is promoted by Craig Huegel – who sells the tickets and presents the shows in different homes in the community. (Spacious homes work well!) As you can see, the view is spectacular. I took this before the show…
Eddie Hoffman took this during the show…
At the end of the performance, I took pictures of the audience. Aren’t they a beautiful bunch?
I would conclude with a photo of my dog upon my arrival to my house. But she refused to sit still for a photo at such an eventful moment.