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!
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.
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. 🙂