you'd think after 30 years of performing, stage fright might become more bearable. alas, it hasn't; but it has led me down a path of getting to experience the stage from behind the curtain. in only 3 years, i have gotten to know some of athens' great bow-ers. i say bow-ers because in addition to stringed instruments, some folks use them on saw, banjo, guitar, cymbal and even vibraphone, giving their instruments an entirely new voice. it has always been important to me to offer a space where a musician feels comfortable asking for a service without feeling judgment of any kind. yes, it's out there...and i've been made to feel like "less" of a musician for wanting colored horsehair or using a student level bow.
i've had the unbelievable honor of getting to open for some of my musical heros: aimee mann, jeff tweedy, and jay clifford. my nerves kicked into overdrive when i played several REM songs AFTER they hit the 40 watt stage on one incredible eve.
this past fall, i got to open for kishi bashi at the 40 watt. he recently relocated to athens, and is a wonderful addition to our ever evolving musical community. it was fun to see his approach (we both use looping to create our sonic backdrop) and how well his bandmates enhanced his music. he is currently supporting his newest release, lighght, and i highly encourage you to treat yourself to a show if he's in your town! my kids enjoy watching his video for bright whites, partly because they get to see a friend of theirs!
recently, he and his wife popped into the studio to have their violin bows rehaired, and they chose some really fun colors! my work comes with a lot more confidence these days, and it's a nice feeling when folks you hold in high regard musically come to you for your work...or the colored horsehair...
as i pack up my tools today in preparation for more education in bow repair, i am grateful for the musicians who have trusted me with their instruments. i love my work behind the scenes, making the bow its best... no matter which instrument it accompanies.