Update from Nick
Hello, my dear internet dwelling friends! It’s Nick.
I’m long overdue for a post and since I’m finally feeling better after battling a “tour plague” that I caught right at the end of our Europe run, I figured I’d check-in for a quick rambling. I’m currently in bed on a Sunday morning, drinking cold brew coffee, watching Harry Potter while Jenna is in a deep sleep. We’ve been keeping busy since I got home, but also doing our best to create some downtime to enjoy together.
This last tour through Europe/UK was really something special to me. It’s hard to properly put into words, so I won’t attempt to haphazardly do so. I’m honestly not sure I could. I’m still absorbing & sifting through it all. I have my highs & lows with touring. I’ve been doing it since I was out of high school, so it’s really all that I know, which can be both a good & bad thing. In my 20’s, I developed some bad habits from touring which included smoking, drinking, and eating unhealthy. These things have attributed to my wavering mental & physical health over the years and I’ve definitely been more conscious of that, specifically over the past couple years. Thankfully, I quit smoking long ago. But, I’ve been more focused on the drinking, which I decided to cut out. I haven’t had a drink in a month and a half, and my eating habits are night & day different from what I was consuming in my past. So, this last tour we did was really eye opening for me & I was definitely reflecting A LOT on all the things above that played a role in my health on the road — for once, I was extremely happy & proud of myself. That made this tour that much more special for me. I felt more lucid and “living in the present” than ever before. I got along with my band & crew more. I felt an ever deeper connection to our fans. It was just.. different — in the most positive way possible. By the way, thanks to everyone who came out to a show(s) on this last run. You left a huge impression in my heart that I could never express enough gratitude for. For all the times you tell us what we do for your lives, you should know the positives that you bring to ours.
Now, we’re gearing up for our Chill Out Summer Acoustic Tour that starts next month and I’m extremely excited for it. We’ve done this once before and had a blast doing it. Looks like a few dates are getting close to sold out, so get them tickets and come hang w/us.
We’ve been working on new music, which has been exciting. It’s all in the early stages, but it’s a great feeling getting back into the writing swing of things. Jenna has to put up with me recording in the house at ear-piercing decibels, so thank you for your patience, Jenna ❤️
Jenna & I have a long list of to-do’s while I’m home this month, so we’ll be keeping you updated on our happenings & adventures. We’ve got some family birthdays this month, which is always a good excuse for family time that I’m looking forward to. We also recently got MoviePass and holy hell.. it’s unreal! We saw Solo & Deadpool 2 which we thought were both awesome movies. Now, I want to take her to go see Hereditary. I love seeing scary movies with Jenna because of her amazing reactions. Quick story! A movie that maybe most people haven’t seen called, “Stir Of Echoes”, is a favorite of mine. One night I asked Jenna if she had seen it, which she hadn’t, so we made some popcorn, poured some wine, and watched together on the couch while she got work done on her laptop. Her greatest reaction was getting scared during a scene and throwing her wine in the air and spilling it all over her laptop. As I’m typing this out, I can’t stop laughing. So yeah.. I’m looking forward to seeing Hereditary with her! 😂😂😂
I’m working on a bunch of fun, top secret projects right now that I can’t wait to show you guys. I just did final approvals on something getting launched this month that I’m extremely proud of. I think you’ll be equally as hyped on it as I am.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. It’s like therapy for me. I’d like to see your thoughts, comments, or questions below - so feel free to get involved!
Here’s a quote that’s pertinent to my earlier ramblings. You will be admired & missed, Anthony:
“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.” - Anthony Bourdain