The ‘Tour Journal’

1-2-13 Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I catch up to current events with a final New Year’s post, covering the holiday performing season, Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and take a little time to ponder, and look at the year ahead, the known and unknown

8 Months, The Simple Story

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

For those who just want a brief overview of the events of the past 8 months, I’ve cut the story to the bare bones, just filling the gap between the end of the April trip to Florida to New Year’s. A few pictures, as few words as I can to tell the story.

12-6-12, Return to 1213, Getting My House In Order

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I return to the East Coast to move forward with my lans to "get my house in order" by heading to Florida with all my stuff. But once again, I have to drop my plans and make new ones, reacting the same chaos I went to Alaska to escape. So it goes, I get it done.

Summer 2012, Return to Alaska, The Simple Story

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The simple short story of the my return to Virginia from Florida, and my return to Alaska for the Summer and Fall, and the start of the return journey back to the world and my life as Brian the Folksinger. I’m filling the long gap, the full story will come later when I have time

AK2K: The Alaska 2000 Video Tour Journals

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

This is an amazing window on my world, even now, in 18 3-minute episodes, from Alaska to Seattle, though I never finished the final episodes to complete the series, or continued it. I did them for the internet back in 2000, but I never found anyone to host them, I was too far ahead of the curve. Some ended up on google video when it started, but it didn’t work well. I posted some to Youtube later. Now I’ve reformated and posted the entire series to Youtube.

Video Tour Journal AK #2 “Heading: Arctic North”

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

This is the real Tour Journal, in text and pictures, the story behind the video Tour Journal. This is where I get into the thoughts and feelings that pictures can’t show. The video is only minutes, and I want to share the video, create a window, without trying explain what is going on, or what I am thinking and feeling too much. That is what I do here.

Video Tour Journal: AK-1 “Return To Alaska”

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

The first of the 2010 Alaska Video Tour Journals, “Return to Alaska”, 7/27 to 8/8, with four associated performance videos from the Tanana Valley State Fair, Fairbanks, Alaska, and the background details and thoughts I couldn’t cover in the video itself

Tour Journal 6-15-10

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

I spend about 5 weeks in Florida. Though I wasn’t technically on tour, I did perform at the State Folk Festival and in St. Augustine, it was mostly a short trip to take care of business rather than a typical tour. So no video, and no time to blog, but when I finished the trip, I wrote it up as a Tour Journal

VTJ: Watershed Divide

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Video Tour Journal: May 25th to June 15th, 5 min 26 sec, 77MB flash video
This is the last Video Tour Journal of the Winter-Spring season, as I leave Florida and arrive in Virginia. As I spend the hours and days travelling, then as I arrive and get to work cleaning up and setting up, I think about what I plan to do in the months ahead, while my mind wrestles with what I’ve left behind. This Journal is specifically intended to provide the background for the Studio Journals to follow,so I could focus on the moment in them, not explain where I was at, what I was trying to do, or why.

May 19, 2009 Gainesville, Florida: The Hard Truths

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

A text Journal from the road in Florida, after leaving St. Augustine and before the State Folk festival, reflecting on the two big things that came from my time there, recognizing what “doing more” with the music really meant, what a amazing phenomena the dulcimer was once again, and the hard truth of meeting one of the few women in my life I responded to with a depth of feeling I could find no limit to, yet in the end, I had to leave her behind.