17 Jul 2018

The Changing Skies Tour by cynthiabrando

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The magic and mysticism of Joshua Tree-my final show....Even though Joshua Tree is so close to where I live in Los Angeles-I hadn’t been there in awhile.....I have such fond memories of every single time I have been there....meeting an interesting stranger and having them share their birthday dinner with me....creating a moonlight serenade based on a twisty drive in the dark....getting to spend time with the great and eccentric musician Thomas Buckner......wandering through a ghost town with just a slit of moon....laughing through the desert blooms.....it’s one of those surprise places in my life where I really feel free and myself. There’s music and desert fashion and art and strangeness.....I was so happy to be doing the final show of my tour there....

I splurged for my final days at an incredible Airbnb on some property with magnificent stacked boulders....perfect for an impromptu photo shoot....it was so nice just hanging out with a couple days off-the air and scenery there gives me a great sense of calm and peace and I was able to write a new song in the sacred space....

I played at a fantastic gallery where I have played in the past and always have a good time-even though I am background music for the art patrons-people always sit outside and really listen....I am used to playing gigs outside and in higher temperatures-it was still pretty hot at 6 when I started-but not extreme and there was a nice breeze.....I recently have ventured into the world of live streaming every day on periscope-and by my last show-I had built up a good following and had a good sized amount of people watching me live for my last performance.....but by the third song in-I started to not feel well-I stopped mid song and drank a lot of water, tried to return-but stopped halfway through another song and felt very dizzy....I had to excuse myself from my performance and go sit in my car-pour water on me and try to figure out what was wrong......I drank a bunch more water-and then decided that I would try sitting for the rest of the performance.....I made it through and survived-followed by many curious people who were watching me online sending me messages wondering if I was Ok! I guess I was a bit tired and overheated.....what a way to end a tour.....

I topped off my time in Joshua Tree by hearing great music-from a visiting trio of three different female traditional country music singers traveling with a back up band for the Ameripolitan Outlaw Daughters Tour-they were fantastic and each did their own set-the person who really stood out for me was Bonnie Montgomery-who had an amazing classically trained voice....it was quite a scene per usual at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown.....with plenty of tequila drinkers, slow dancers and wanderers.....

It was hard to leave but one must return to home base and regenerate.....I really want to thank everyone who read my blog, kept in contact with me while on the road, bought my album and reached out offering support-it is not easy to be on such a long journey to foreign places for anyone-but a bit more anxiety producing for a female....touring had been a long time dream of mine that I was finally able to carry out in my forties-and it really was a dream come true-though it wasn’t glamorous-I had amazing experiences, met cool people and actually made a full time living with my music-thank you....