When people ask how our tour is going, I usually answer with some combination of the following: it’s incredible, super challenging, really rewarding, totally exhausting, pretty crazy, the ultimate marriage test, a total blast! For those of you don’t know, my husband Steuart and I (and our pup Lucy) have been traveling the country in a 1959 travel trailer, presenting classical music concerts in places like cafes, breweries, homes and churches. A couple of months back Musicovation introduced our project Music in Familiar Spaces to you with this post and we’re happy to report on our progress here.
Three months into the tour something clicked, right around the time we were in Austin, Texas (December, just before the holidays). Steuart played a Bach & Beer concert at the Hops & Grain brewery and it was packed. People were talking about the concert on Twitter and posting pictures on Instagram. We’d just had a few concerts in a row that were full of enthusiastic and engaged audience members. That week we had received emails from venues asking us to come to them (usually I’m the one asking them to host us), and from musicians asking for advice about presenting their own concerts. “I think we’re actually doing it,” I whispered to Steuart, “I think we can do this!” Though there was still some fear and hesitation behind those statements, I hadn’t felt that confident since we started this crazy project.