The more this band grows the more I realize how special of a musical and personal situation New Tricks is. The more we play the more our friendships deepen and the musical depths we are able to explore open up wider and wider. The experience of touring for 5 weeks with a group of friends that happen to play music together has been one of the greatest of my life. The level of communication and trust in this band is something that I think few musicians have the chance to experience.
As we have toured we have had the opportunity to meet and get to know each other’s families. This has been particularly rewarding. Being able to share music we are all so proud of with the people we care about the most has been very satisfying. It is not only important for me to share this with my own family as I was able to do on our mid-west tour, it is equally as important to me that the other members of the band have that same opportunity. Its also interesting to me that all of our families who have varied backgrounds and are from various parts of the country immediately understand what this band is about. I have not seen as much enjoyment from them at the actual music as with any other band that I have ever performed with.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the family who helped make the west cost tour a success. To Jauneta and Gary thank you for opening your home to Mike and I. The heartfelt hospitality and home cooked meals were much appreciated. Thank you to Larry, Julie, Justin and Harold for throwing us a great BBQ, giving us a chance to get to know all of Shawn’s friends and for letting us do a rehearsal in your living room. To Patti and Lewis thank you for the warm bed, meals, intense games of Wii golf and including me in your family day at the zoo. To Kate thank you for opening your home for several nights to us, having two of the coolest dogs on the planet, and for the great hang. Thank you Autumn, Rodrigo, and the rest of Rodrigo’s family for inviting us to one of the best afternoons I have spent in a long time. I can’t really think of a better way to spend a sunny afternoon in L.A. than eating superbly grilled Argentinean BBQ, drinking extremely good wine, and enjoying the company of a wonderfully warm large family.
Many thanks to all of you! With out your help this tour would not have been able to happen.
Ted and the rest of New Tricks
P.S. A full tour recap with pictures and video is coming soon!!!