november northwest: seattle stop

View of Seattle

I have fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest. If my love for everyone on this tour could be measured in rain (of which there is plenty in the Pacific Northwest), there would be a torrential downpour for all of eternity.

We all felt so loved during this tour and are so grateful to everyone who came to support us, and you can bet on us coming back through all of the tour stops in the future!

Seattle, Washington, was our last destination. We played a show at Dubsea Coffee, and the welcome couldn’t have been warmer. The owner Sibelle also happened to also be Vietnamese. Her mom came out to see our show and hung with my mom and dad. By the end of the show, it was almost as if we were distant relatives who hadn’t met until this point in time. There were a lot of families there, so I gave all the little kids kazoos and gave them all a quick tutorial on how to play it. So adorable!

cultivating the lily bees of tomorrow

Dubsea Coffee - Seattle, WA

After the show, we were able to spend some time in downtown Seattle. I picked up a piroshky at Piroshky, Piroshky. They’re warm bread buns filled with goodness. Mine was the vegetarian one with potato, onion, and cheese. Then we headed over to pick up a bowl of clam chowder. After that, a stop by the first-ever Starbucks at Pike Place. Before Felipe caught his flight back to Orange County, CA, we stopped by the infamous space needle.

Pike Place

the market

The first-ever Starbucks

I drove back to Oregon feeling drained but joyful from this amazing tour. I thought about every hug I gave and received, every smile I saw, the laughs we had, and all the music we played. Last night, I rested my head in Aloha, Oregon (west of Portland), and today I’m continuing the journey back down south with my dad.

Speaking of my parents, they are the most amazing people on this planet! When I told them I was planning a tour and filled them in on the cities and dates, instead of interrogating me on how it was going to be funded or how I planned to get there, they asked, “When are you leaving? Can we come too? What can we do to help?” From the get-go of our KickStarter campaign, my dad street teamed his ENTIRE office. My mom galvanized all of her friends in every tour stop to come see her daughter play. They both sported Lily Bee Music t-shirts at each show. I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have such loving, supportive parents.

There’s a John Adams quote that goes, “I must study politics and law, that my sons can have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy…in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, tapestry, and porcelain.”

My parents, the engineer and accountant, have helped me chase my dream. There is no greater gift than that. In these past three months, my parents and I have gained a clearer view of each other. My fear that they might disapprove of my decision has been completely vanquished. Their fear that I might be making a foolish decision melted away as soon as they realized that I was following my heart and that I would work hard all the way through.

Now that this tour is over, all I can think about is planning the next one! I’m so incredibly excited for what is to come. I can’t begin to express how grateful we are to have so much support behind this album, the November Northwest tour, and in general. We felt so loved at each and every tour stop, despite how zombie-like and tired we must have been. I can’t wait to get on the road again and meet more of you who have been kind enough to listen through all these years. ❤ ❤ ❤

And now, I leave you with this video, taken at the very last stop of our tour. It's a cover of Gaby Moreno's "No Regrets." The line "tanto que hacer" means "so much to do," which I can totally relate to at this point — but in the best of ways. 🙂

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november northwest: portland stop

Marino Cafe - Portland, OR

Exhaustion, thy name is Driving-From-San-Francisco-to-Portland. I’m amazed that I’m still awake right now — after 11+ hours of driving and playing a show. Phew, I’m happy to be sitting still for at least a little while and catching up on some sleep before our drive to Seattle.

It’s almost difficult to believe that the tour is over tomorrow. My entire life has been devoted to making this happen for the past three months, and now this chapter is coming to a close. Rest assured – we’re definitely not done yet. We’ll be coming back to the Pacific Northwest as well as planning shows in other places. Everyone we’ve met on the tour stops up until this point has been so encouraging. I have so appreciated every gift, mix CD, suggestion for places to eat/see, and conversation along the way. What a blessing it is to be doing this.

The average temperature up here right now is in the low 40’s. It’s cold, to say the very least. Nevertheless, I feel warm when I think about how much love went into this tour from the very start. ❤

Here are some photos from the road today and a video about an awkward encounter at a gas stop somewhere near Eugene, OR:

Near Medford, OR

Mt. Shasta

i left my…shoes…in san francisco

One thing that they don’t tell you about touring is that you should prepare to lose things (besides sleep). So far, here’s the tally of things that have disappeared into another dimension through all the unloading, loading, and moving around of our equipment and belongings:

  • One ukulele strap (lost in San Jose)
  • One wooden stool (lost in Redondo)
  • My pair of black flats (somewhere in San Francisco)
However, what we’ve lost in material items, we’ve gained in memories and stories. I couldn’t have asked to tour with a better group. We’ve become even more of a family on the road, and there have been plenty of laughs to keep us energized, despite our lack of sleep.
I made a pie chart to show how we’ve been allocating our time on this tour…
We played a good show at Revolution Cafe in San Francisco, even though the space was a bit cramped. I can’t begin to express how wonderful it is to finally meet people that I’ve only been in touch with through YouTube, Facebook, and/or Twitter through all these years. It’s a good feeling to be able to actually say, “Thank you” in person. I’m overjoyed. ❤
Here are some photos from our stop in San Francisco.

Bread bowls at Fisherman's Wharf

Saltwater taffy, COME TO ME.

A bagpipe player we saw on the street

My (failed) attempt to fit into the hipster universe of San Francisco. Ironic, isn't it?

Revolution Cafe

Tonight we play at the Marino Cafe in Portland, Oregon. We drove from San Francisco to Redding last night and arrived at our hotel at 5AM this morning. We woke up around 9:30AM to take off yet again. I’m currently writing this from the road as we trek even farther north. The view is gorgeous. How humble the mountains, how tall the trees, how constant the melody that sings within me.

Near Mt. Shasta

Hipster Lily out.

november northwest: san jose stop

If there’s one thing I’m bad at these days, it’s falling asleep when I should, especially while on this tour. I get so excited about things that it becomes impossible to fall asleep. I’m coming off of a lot of positive, amazing energy from tonight’s show at Caffe Frascati in San Jose. We had no idea how many people were coming, yet the venue was packed. Here’s a photo of your lovely faces, thanks to Kathleen Park (@kathleen_park):

Also, thank you to everyone who came to our Coffee Cartel show in Redondo Beach! This photo is a courtesy of the awesome Jeremiah (@JeremiahCruz150):

By the end of the night, the owner asked to take a picture of our band so that he could post it on the wall. How amazing is that?! I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep when we got back to our hotel, so I filmed this video around 2AM.

Caffe Frascati from Lily Bee on Vimeo.

Tonight’s show will be in San Francisco at 9PM at Revolution Cafe! I hope to see you there!

kickstarter updates, the dawn of a street team, and november northwest kickoff

Are you ready for the update on our Kickstarter campaign for the November Northwest tour? Drumroll, please. [awkward silence] All right, forget the drumroll. Here are the numbers!

Over the course of 17 days, we were supported by 49 wonderful backers, who pledged a grand total of $1,688. This is 337% of our original goal and can only mean one thing: you guys and gals rock! When we started the campaign, we set a modest goal for ourselves. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for believing that we are worth more. It means the world to us, especially to me.

You can see more of my sappiness in the thank you portions of my last video in the Kickstarter series:

The Dawn of a Street Team

The Lily Bee Street Team is on the rise, and the messenger bees are buzzing! A much more more official launch of the street team will happen as soon as the new website is up. HOWEVER, you can follow @TheLilyBees on Twitter or like my Facebook music page and share tweets/posts to help “spread the buzz” about my music!

If you’re already on the mailing list, you’ve already taken one of the most important steps. So give yourself a pat on the back. Not too hard, though. Don’t hurt yourself.

Some things you can do now to help spread the buzz are

1. Post my songs on your Facebook profile, Twitter, or Google+ page.

2. Tell your friends about my shows on the November Northwest tour, especially if they live in tour stop cities.

3. If YOU live in a tour stop city and are coming to a show, bring a friend or two, or three or four!

4. If you already have the Daydream at Midnight album, listen to it with a friend during a car ride or train ride.

5. Wear your Lily Bee Music t-shirt around town!

Extra credit: post a kazoo solo with your Lily Bee kazoo on YouTube and share it with me on Facebook or Twitter. (Warning: I WILL share it out of sheer excitement and giddiness. Prepare to be seen and heard!)

November Northwest

So the Kickstarter campaign ends today, which means…the tour officially starts tomorrow!! Eep. I’m both indescribably excited and incurably nervous at the same time, two very challenging emotions to balance, haha. Despite losing sleep this week as a result of my natural tendency to worry, I am tempered by all the support you have given me through this journey so far. Those of you coming to the shows (dates listed below), I cannot wait to thank you in person. You have a bear hug coming your way (you’ve been warned).

As always, feel free to reach out to me anytime through e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or any other way you can think of (although stalking me is prooobably not a good idea — it’s not good for my blood pressure). I love hearing from you!

Warmly,

Lily Bee

november northwest

design by mimi pham (aka http://www.littlemisshatter.com)

Wow, I’m not even sure I know where to begin with this post. This past month feels like it’s been a flurry of events leading up to this upcoming week. In case you haven’t heard yet, I’m going on tour!! We kick off the five-city tour in Redondo Beach, CA on November 17th at Coffee Cartel. From there, my band and I will be traveling up to San Jose, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.

I’m anticipating a lot of time in the car, which is a given. But I’m also looking forward to meeting a ton of new people who, up until now, I’ve only known by their YouTube channel names. I can’t wait to see my family and friends in those cities either. Those moments will make all the traveling worth it.

Also, we’ve been raising money for our gas fund through KickStarter for the past week or so. How amazing is it that we’re already close to 300% of our projected goal with 8 more days to go?!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1532347818/lily-bee-november-northwest-fundraiser/widget/video.html

Not that I didn’t feel supported before, but this is a whole new level of solidarity (and awesomeness). My parents and I have grown closer in promoting this tour together, and they’re even coming along to some of the shows. I’m blessed to have a family that supports my dream.

Thank you SO much to everyone who pledged, regardless of the amount. You make me feel like I have an audience, and that what I do means something. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a part of this journey.

Quite exhausted from being on the computer non-stop this week