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Tour Notes: Always Going Home

Posted on March 29, 2010 with 0 comments

One of the things I am profoundly grateful for is that whichever way I cross the Atlantic, I am going home.

“Musician on tour” conjures up images of band buses, anonymous hotel rooms, night drives on Highway 80. I’ll be spending this month staying in people’s homes. Many of them are people I don’t know well who are generous enough to put me up, but this week I am staying with my family.

I’m sleeping off my jet lag in the room that was mine when I was nine. It has gone through changes since then, at one point serving as my aunt’s study. On the walls are my grandmother’s watercolors, family photos, the deed to my great-grandfather’s homestead in Washington State, and a painting, taken from an Indian miniature, of elephants frolicking in a water-hole. A baby shoe once worn by my aunt sits on a shelf, under a portrait of the dog who inspired her first novel.

When I wake up in the morning, I will know where to find the tea-bags.