when in texas…

… do as romans do.

this past month my bass brought me to rome and austin.
this magic month of march opened a few doors of exchange-
and it’s about time!!!! man and woman, it’s been too long.
my hands on, out of the box vehicle has slowed my carpet ride down,
but it has been scenic and educational.
my decision to be the mistress of my own musical destiny has broadened my expression (hence OOOM’s multi layered mode of communication)
but has also required some learning curves.
what’s a girl to do without a record label?
make her own and make friends with cutting edge tech pals like topspin!
what’s a girl to do when the right manager has not presented him/herself? manage yourself!
and when you are invited to play scandinavia, rome and austin without a team? put your captain hat on!
in other words friends near and far- as always my fire to connect is raging,
and my skills to make the connection are improving!
i guess i’ve always wanted to know how you get from a to z,
and when i embarked through the looking at the top of my music ride,
i skipped a few steps, and have been making up for lost lessons.
not to mention: the exciting, ever changing scape of the music “business”-
the shifts that have been affecting the “deal” with music.
it has encouraged everyone to go out on a lim and try new things out.
this past week at sxsw music fest,
i was blown away by the open minded ways of all people.
the change and “collapse” has liberated us-
forced us into change and experimentation.
good times to be knee deep and head on in music.
i was also blessed with amazing friends
who accompanied me along the way on my busy bee week in texas:
cecil at the helm, NARDWUAR, jeff, raja, the webb sisters, mark, little radio, jason, claire, dave, phil, stacey, seb, katie larkin, two friends from mexico, 2 friends on their 4 hour lunch break, two philly pals and last but not least,
my musical trinity: chris, adam and joe with their two guitars and drums.
all of these music lovers were there with me.
all there for the right reasons and all there for each other….. pretty wicked.

(rocking red curtains at red eyed fly bloody mary party)

p.s. i did have the pleasure and honor to go to the amazing world of rome earlier in the month,
to play a classy evening at a bass player festival.
they offered me my own evening to do whatever i’d like to do-
so i showed the film, played a rock show
and then discussed my love of bass with the crowd. pretty dreamy-
especially because i had enough leisure time before to visit sistina chapel,
the coliseum and much more roman wonders….
i still can not believe that 4 strings bring me to such places.
hopefully i will get to you soon….
here i am with two fountains i liked very much.


12 Responses to “when in texas…”

  1. D.B. Echo says:

    Wonderful news, and beautiful photos! May your four strings and your amazing self continue to take you on such adventures!

  2. Zapman says:

    Melissa I can’t wait to have you and your four strings back here in Rome!

  3. William Trinity says:

    oooo yay… I got a mention! {blush}

    anyways, thanks for rocking texas. it was a wonderful pleasure to see you as always. again, good luck with everything. and please, please come back to austin after the album is released.

    – Will (one of your philly pals)

  4. neurotoxicdoll says:

    Hope your path crosses Istanbul, Turkey one day as well. <3

  5. MarkAnthony says:

    I hope those four strings bind you to your heart desire..

    and with a bit of luck bring you back to the UK this year..

    (FYI Happy to help in any way with your UK leg)

    and curious to know how many coins you put in the fountain

  6. Bola de Chiclete says:

    I am glad you had fun.

  7. Jack O'Sullivan says:

    When are you going to rock your next post? I get so antsy. Much love
    Jack O’Sullivan
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  8. zinedine_zedan says:

    Melissa, please, make my dream come true, come back in France I’m begging you…

  9. Jay Steven says:

    sick guitar!!!! love it. sweet blog i am diggin it.
    Jay Stevens
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  10. rodriguescb4 says:

    It’s a great moment Melissa, keep the sound!! Best wishes for you and your band… nice photos. Hope to see you soon!!

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