Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dear World

Update: October 15th

I am at the crossroads again. I just finished up the last shows of the last 3 month U.S. and Canadian tour in Santa Cruz, California. Thank you everyone who helped along the way. There are too many of you to name. I would not have been able to do it without you. Thank you to everyone who came out to the shows and supported live music. There is more to this than hitting the like button. I love the hell out of you all!
In the last year, I've done 3 U.S. tours and driven across this large country 6 times performing! I've played every corner of the U.S. And had a very successful run of shows for the first time in Canada!
I've been honored to open up for the Dropkick Murphys' and Tim Barry on tour and have been building a strong network of fans, friends, and family throughout the land. I hope to continue this journey for many years to come. I hope to see every inch of this earth along the way.
Having toured so much since the release of “American Boy / American Girl” and subsequent home run Kickstarter campaign for a van, the time has come to start working on a new record. The wheels are in motion, so to speak. I have written many many many songs over the years and many in the last couple of years since ABAG. I look forward to the pre-production and recording process and sharing them with the world. I am weighing all of my options as to where to break ground on this next project. I have been so many places and there are so many places I can go. I am at the crossroads again. I guess I am just throwing this out there to the world. I've been in the mist and I supposed clarity will come eventually. Before tour I moved my “stuff” into a storage unit and signed up for a PO box. This tour has been strange because I now have no home to go back to. It's an odd feeling this gypsy status. I'm fed and have a few bucks in my pocket and I have friends. I have prospects and a whole bunch of creative juice to squeeze out onto the next record. I suppose, I will listen to the waves a little while longer and see where the signs point. I've taken a lot of chances over the last few years and that's where life gets interesting. Outside of the comfort zone. I'm there now. Lets make some magic happen.

All the Best,

Bryan McPherson  

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Good Morning Slaves!

Good morning slaves! Pay any bills yet today on your day of rest? Working perhaps? Getting some OT? I've had some thoughts today. Forgive me, but it happens sometimes. I've decided to spew it forth on the internet to be ignored and or liked by the masses. Here we go thoughts. If I offended you I'm sorry. I will try not to think or communicate on here anymore.
Basically, the idea is to make you, the sheep, the herd, the cattle, a slave. A slave to something. We can't have everyone running around all free. The way I see it, the big ones are School Loans, Mortgage, Career, Medical/Death. I'm not even going to go into PRISON, THE WAR ON DRUGS, OR BREEDING.
Student Loans. So you go to college because they say that's the ticket. You take on a whole bunch of debt because you will have loads of money anyways and it will be easy to pay off since you will be on easy street from all of the college. Wrong. Now your way in debt for the next 10 to 20 years and the economy sucks because of all the debt. Maybe when your done you can buy a house and get back into debt.
Mortgage. You “buy” a home, you go into debt for the next 40 years. When your done paying for your home, you take out a reverse mortgage and slowly sell it back to them for some money to buy grocery’s before you die. You die, the bank takes your home back. Basically you rented and did all of the repairs.
Jobs. This one is pretty obvious. I mean you literally have a Master there telling you to do things you don't want to do everyday for all of your adult life. How does a job make you a slave? Do we really need to ask this question. You need money to live, to pay off either of the 2 above debts, and you need health insurance to avoid debt D which leads us to medical debt. If you quit job and become free you are really screwed because you will become a bum.
So you have avoided going to school, buying a house, and getting a real job. Well the joke is on you because you can not avoid getting sick at some point. A recent night in the hospital cost me 10,000. Not that I have that kind of money laying around, so its kind of a joke(hahahaha), but you can imagine if you get really sick, like cancer or something and you have no health insurance, we are talking MEGA debt, just to stay alive! No degree, no house, no fancy title. If you die, your kids get your debt, but since they have enslaved you for most of your adult life anyways they really deserve it.
So, one way or the other your going to be in debt and feel like some sort of slave. Welcome to America. You are free. The only way I see to avoid feeling like a slave is to just ignore this imaginary debt web they create. It makes you feel powerless. You turn over your blood sweat and tears and labor to some other human who is acting as your master and profiting from your slavery. They are probably also a slave to some other entity. So cheer up kids, debt slavery is really all in your mind. It's make believe. Just like money. It only “is” because you agree and say “it is”. If you let it. Freedom is also in your mind. Don't let them take that away from you. Today, I think I will be free.

P.S. I imagine I will hear from a lot of happy slaves content and prideful of all of their freedom in their slavery. To you I say, Bon Apetit.    

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tour Update 2013

Well, I haven't blogged in quite some time.  Welcome back blog world.  So here I am, welcoming the hospitality of a friend outside of Atlanta.  It has been quite a trip across the country once again.  Tour started in California.  Up the coast to the bay area in Oakland and Santa cruz.  Through the desert of Arizona and New Mexico and the never ending stretch of road known at West Texas on the epic highway 10. Through miles and miles and miles of desert and cactus to rolling fields and mountains, watching the scenery change like some sort of time lapse photography where you watch the seasons change outside of your windows. Meeting new people playing new places and for the most part meeting awesome new people. I saw the alimo but did not wait in line.
I've gotten very used to crashing in the van.  Really its a lot like camping.  I have an app for my phone that tells me where every friendly parking lot of a notorious national department store is that I will not name.  It's pretty easy in the south, as a lot of people travel through in RV's and trucks and so I just pull up with these guys, throw up my curtains, lock the doors, and jump in my sleeping bag and its lights out.
Played some shows in Texas and then Florida, where you go to the beach in february and swim and its warmer than any water in Califonia and New England but the locals think your carzy cuz its cold.  In the last few days I jumped on a show in Gainesville, FL not Georgia, and then came up to Georgia to play a rehab facility.  I'm telling you there is no better audience than a bunch of newly recovering addicts, some of which are still dopesick.  In the next few days I have some traveling to do and some stops to make.  I don't have a show until Wednesday in Richmond, VA.  Next Friday I meet up with the Dropkick Murphys to open for them at the electric factory in Philly.  I'm very glad I got to get on these shows.  It has been an awesome reason to tour the country again.  Every time I tour I don't want to stop.  I'm pretty happy with my life right now and truly grateful I get to travel and see America.  I hope I cam keep this ball rolling for as long as possible and continue to see the rest of the world!