We performed at Silver Dollar City on Monday and Tuesday, those shows are always amazing. I am taken back every year when I step on to that stage and see how many people have come to hear our music. At one moment, I, literally, had my breath taken when the crowd showed their support for Mom by giving her a standing ovation, I mean here are thousands of people standing and applauding, letting us know that we are not alone, that is a feeling that can't be described through words alone. I don't know if any fan of any genre of music will ever, fully, understand how big of a role they play in the lives of artists.
Mom's immune level is really well according to her blood tests. Days 7-10 are when levels typically drop and hers started to drop a bit, due to the chemo, at the same time that Maura developed a little bit of the croup. The croup can manifest itself as laryngitis in adults, so Mom sounded a bit "froggy" during the last few shows. She said she was feeling no pain, she just sounded rough, she's feeling all better now but it did let us realize how easily it is for her to catch something, so we have been overstocking the bus on anti-bacterial hand washes.
In other Jeff & Sheri news, we have started listening to songs for our new album. That is a bit of fun because of all of the varied opinions coming together at once. Mom has more of the 70's pop taste, where Dad's is a more classic country taste, making the two blend is really fun. I'm really wanting to take this album back to the old Jeff & Sheri sounds, the more acoustic driven sound, very similar to where they started. My favorite Jeff & Sheri album is Silent Witness, I've constantly been listening to that one for some inspiration on where to take this new sound. When we start cutting tracks, I'll start posting videos to the blog to keep everyone updated on as much of the album-making process as possible.
As far as my personal life, I started college this past week. I decided to take a year off from school to just have some free time, you know, to read books that I want to read instead of books that I have to read. I really enjoyed it, but now it's time to get back to being a student. It's a little difficult getting back into the swing of things, but one of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Aritstotle, "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet". While it is very difficult for me now, I know that it will be well worth it when I am finished.
NQC is coming up next week, I'm looking forward to catching up with some friends that I rarely get to see. I'm also looking forward to catching up with some of you that have been keeping up with this blog.
Keep in touch and take care,