Recently we played at the Pacific Yard House in Conroe Texas. We shot a video of that performance and I want to share it with you if you haven’t seen it yet. We had a great time playing out there and I hope to see you at one of my shows sometime.
The song is called Hey Baby from my second album Have Mercy On Me. I hope you enjoy it.
When it comes to BEING a musician, it’s that muscle memory. It’s knowing the rest stops along the freeway by memory because you’ve toured that stretch of the country so many times. It’s the familiar smell of stale beer, cleaning products and piss that hits you when you enter a bar in the afternoon before the air conditioners have been turned on. It’s the feeling of that hangover as you drive blurry eyed and dry mouthed to the next city on your list of tour dates.
It’s hanging out in the laundromat across the street from the show while you wash your clothes and wait for the headliner to finish their set so you can get paid and split for the hotel. It’s the familiar weight of your guitar case in your hand. It’s the camaraderie you feel with your tour mates and the melancholy of knowing that despite promises to the contrary, you’re never going to keep in touch. And it’s a million other little subtle experiences that define what it means to be a musician.
At least that’s the way it’s been for me. It’s not the guitar chords, or the number of albums sold, but rather it’s knowing those things first hand that makes me a musician, a veteran.
And it’s knowing that you are one of a small percentage of the population to not only have seen, but to have lived behind the curtain that makes this whole crazy thing worth while.
But perhaps even more importantly than all of that, it’s YOU, the listener, that makes all of it matter.
I look forward to many more sometimes-hard, sometimes-ugly, always-worthwhile experiences along this musical journey. Here’s to hoping that you are part of that journey.
Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.
I’ll leave a free download of the song below. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what you think.
Get it here: https://www.johnyriley.com/hey-baby-3/
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