Thank you for sending me all sorts of questions when I suddenly felt I had absolutely nothing new to report or blog about. I asked for 5 questions and herewith I will attempt to answer #1.
Jessica Livermore asked:
It would be really interesting to hear how you balance your career as a talented, independent musician with having a baby and husband. Some women think those things are mutually exclusive, but obviously you do both!
This is a tough one. Natalie (who’s now 15 months) has been the world traveler. Putting up with my demanding travel schedule, she has been everywhere including Germany, France, Japan, Hawaii, New York maybe 10 times, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St.Louis, Seattle-you name it. Thankfully I have incredible support from my better half-that being my husband. He travels with me as well, is sensitive to the rigors and demands of my work while we both deal with the different sleep schedules, the food, playtime and bathroom breaks. Being able to travel the world is incredibly exciting but can really take it’s toll on a baby (and her parents). The work/rehearsals, his work/phone calls/meetings, practicing, concerts, getting around, emails, and going to sleep after a late concert, is a lot to juggle but oh sooooo worth it. (Where would we be without MUSIC??)
It also really makes one appreciate being home sweet HOME.
I have done some concerts alone and the plane ride definitely turns into a sleep lab and OMG I can actually flip through a magazine but I end up missing her and my husband so much from the road, it can get rough. When I performed in Korea this past March (and she was 9 months old), I was there for a week skyping like crazy. I was seriously dreaming of bursting through the computer to kiss and hold her.
And now, BREAKING NEWS….I am actually pregnant with baby #2 (!!!), it will be even more of a balancing act. I will send updates from the road with our family of 4………in other words I have no words of wisdom but, HELP!!! I am INSANE! and moms, you must know this already, but it helps to try and stay organized.