Hey friends, I hope everybody’s doing great out there!
Looking forward to getting back in the saddle here in Nashville after a great time in Southeastern Spain and wanted to share some thoughts and photos from the past few weeks…I must tell you, I’m having a hard time finding words to adequately describe just how amazing our time there was. If you have not visited this country yourself yet, I highly recommend it.
As usual, we covered a lot of ground and logged over 1500 miles as we explored a total of 13 towns/areas in just 16 days.
Alicante → Murcia → Totana → Cabo De Palos → Mazarron Beach → La Azhoia → Madrid → Cabo De Gata → Isleta Del Moro → Las Negras → Granada → Jerez → Gadiz
It was a trip for the books indeed!
Simply introducing yourself to somebody can change your life and that’s exactly how this trip came to be. A two week vacation turned into adding two trio gigs with a Spanish and Italian rhythm section in Murcia and Madrid, both of which were sold out with an amazing crowd of unbelievably appreciative and attentive people. Very surreal to say the least.
The rhythm section consisted of Raul Garcia on drums and cymbals and Francisco Severino on the Fender four string electric bass—they absolutely killed it! These guys really did their homework, nailed the music and made me feel right at home with a deep pocket and musical dynamics.
The second week was spent traveling all over the very southern part of Spain as we explored stunning remote beaches, incredible unique cuisine and all sorts of amazing events that our gracious host Pito Hervas scheduled for us. From a riveting private Flamenco concert and The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez to the stunning Alhambra castle and Hammam bath houses in Granada. It was the perfect combination of organized and improvised.
The people of Spain are beautiful, polite, soulful and extremely passionate, truly enjoying life at every turn and living in the moment. I think I will adapt and promote the Siesta lifestyle to East Nashville, Tennessee from now on! Another cool thing I learned is where the term “Tapa” came from. So every time you order a drink, you get a small snack plate called a Tapa. This literally came from setting the plate on top of the drink so the flies wouldn’t land on the rim. Similar to getting a lime with a Mexican beer. What a great idea!
The Mediterranean is truly one of my favorite parts of this world, and I will go back for years to come. The water and beaches are astounding, and the weather was the best consecutively I’ve ever experienced in my life. A five star trip from start to finish.
I’m grateful for these life journeys and will always cherish them deeply.
There’s so much more to come and thanks again for all the support always!
“Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.”
– Anthony Bourdain