Chicago, in part...

I finally got to spend more than a few hours in Chicago. I'd been there before, but never long enough to really explore the city. I kept track of my adventure, and the highlights will be posted with words and pictures.

Here's part one:


Chicago is cool. I’m staying with Chris and Rachel at their place in the Pilsen neighborhood west of downtown. Chris replaced me when I quit Justin King’s band last year…we hung out a bit then and have stayed in touch since. He and Rachel are extremely gracious hosts and have been really great to hang out with.

I covered a lot of ground on foot yesterday…I walked from Third Coast Guitars (Chris is a guitar repair tech there) through the meatpacking district to the downtown area. I went to the amphitheater in Millennium Park and watched a rehearsal for an Opera show. Man…the place is amazing. Gehry designed it. It’s huge, and the sound system is incredible. I’ve never heard anything like it.

The singers are apparently some of the bright stars in opera today…I’m completely ignorant and didn’t recognize their names. They sang beautifully, though, and the experience really opened my ears to the art form. It was similar to the experience of seeing Paul Brainard play pedal steel at Sam Bond’s in Eugene…I was blown away and developed a huge appetite and appreciation for it.

(Here's a pic of 'The Bean', also in Millennium Park)

I’ve really enjoyed having some time to wander around alone. I realized that I haven’t had much time to let my mind wander since last summer when I worked for my folks on their farm. I get so focused on work stuff that I forget to take time to read, write, think, explore…it’s such a crucial part of my creative process…no wonder I haven’t been writing many tunes lately.

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