05.16.11

Did that just happen?

Trouble in Tahiti was over way too quickly. Thanks to Evan Solomon, Tim McLoraine, and Richard Scerbo at Inscape for making it happen, and my fellow cast members (Tanya Ruth, David Dickey, Brendan Kennedy, and Brittany Baratz) for making it so much fun.

Without any gigs planned for the summer, I thought I’d be able spend a couple of months at my own pace: give one or two auditions, learn some new repertoire, try some different things technically, do some promotional recordings. But last week a call came in, and now instead of taking it easy I’ll be playing my third consecutive Capital Fringe.

This weekend, though, I’ll be unwinding from Tahiti on a long bike ride with friends in a lovely part of West Virginia. I got into biking after leaving grad school and coming back to Washington in my mid-twenties: it seemed like just a practical way to get around and get some exercise at the same time. But I soon discovered that being a bicyclist entails a particular mixture of obsessive tinkering, sheer physical effort, and the occasional ecstatic rush that reminded me a whole lot of singing. I’ve been hooked ever since.