One of the things I really enjoy about Austin is all of the murals, hand-painted store fronts, bright colors and street art everywhere. Reminds me a lot of Kenya.
Another busy and eventful week... Am starting to feel like my grace period is coming to a close, and am finding myself wanting to settle into a job and a place to live with a room all of my own for which I pay rent (Hard to believe I haven't had a lease since June!) Unfortunately, am finding that making money as a musician is ironically harder than in other cities. I guess the economics of the music business are the same as any other - when there is more supply than demand, the cost of services are lower. Am nowhere near giving up hope, people definitely are able to make it work, but am realizing that I will need to get a job as I begin to establish myself in this new market. Things are definitely starting to pick up - have been practicing with Amy and finally decided on a name for our band: Bathtub Moon. Am also excited to announce that I have not 1, 2, or 3, but FOUR shows booked this week! Have been going to lots of open mics, but these will be my first official gigs. Have also been booking some house shows with Amy, which are often quite lucrative and a lot of fun :)
The rain and "cold front" we've been having here for the last few days (feels like fall in New England) has made me feel a bit lethargic and home - bodied. Been using the time indoors to continue to look for work, apartments, and booking. Lots of lists of things to do and things to learn more about. Have also been practicing for the Lou Reed Tribute Night (tomorrow! will be singing "Perfect Day" and "I've Got a Reason"), as well as working out parts for some of my songs. I did, however manage to leave the house to take a trip over to the public library around the corner named after George Washington Carver (my arch nemesis as a lady with a nut allergy) Was a pretty nice spot though, inside and out. Appeared to be a historically African American Library, with lots of signed pictures of prominent African Americans on the walls, and books about Black history and culture.
I also discovered the COOLEST GROCERY STORE EVER!!! Pictured below. Fiesta is a super cheap international food store that has all kinds of crazy fruits and veggies. Got some cactus (Nopalis) and have been making my own breakfast tacos with eggs and avocado hot sauce. Yumm....
Tune in next week for Week 4 - my one month anniversary!!! XOXO Katie