May 10, 2013. No comments.
Packing. The bane of a musicians life. I see many of my friends on facebook exclaiming that they only have an hour in which to do it, or it’s nearly 2am the night before…
I suppose the rest of you have it sussed.
The key is to write a list. There are the obvious things like clothes, and instruments, but have you considered all the other details? For instance your phone charger, the contracts, a new mailing list form, and printing out emails (not very eco but in case you have no internet connection on the road). Your CD’s. Plus the extra box you throw in at the last minute – just in case – muttering “better to have too many rather than too few”. (The same box you take out the car at the end of the tour cos you had it about right in the first place.)
I like to do some things the old fashioned way. For instance this week we are taking a map. Yes, an old fashioned map. It gives you something to argue about on the long drives, diversions that might appeal, and the secure knowledge that without internet you can make your way to the next gig and not have to suffer the interminal dronings of the sat nav whilst wondering if it knows the way, really.
Then there is the important passenger seat by-your-feet bag, or in my case basket. Full of nuts, slightly bruised fruit, bottles of water or juice and half-eaten sandwiches. Essential for cutting down on over-priced motorway service station snacks and getting some nutrition – at least to start with. After that, a jar of vitamins and chocolate for energy.
A collection of CD’s you have recently been given to listen to, some unread magazines, a notebook and pen in case a song strikes, and an umbrella.
This is a picture of the car before a tour I did with Miranda Sykes some years ago. We had a double bass, a big harp and 3 guitars in there. There just wasn’t any room for the basket. Which probably pleased her no end as she hates the smell of the mouldy bananas that I cart around the country.
Other essentials are female specific. And there’s always a lot of those. And don’t forget your glasses.