This Morning in Athens

This Morning in Athens

  Last night we played Athens and today flew to Zagreb. I woke up a couple hours before we had to leave for the airport this morning and figured I had 45 minutes to an hour for some exercise, so I stopped at the front desk of the hotel and asked which was the...
Helsinki: Build Whispering Pancakes

Helsinki: Build Whispering Pancakes

I’m sitting on the pavement in an empty courtyard where the tour-busses are parked. I’m outside the bus because I can’t think inside with all the conversations. “The Circus” is the name of the club where we played tonight in Helsinki, Oct. 23rd, 2012. I’m...
Traipsing to Tampere

Traipsing to Tampere

We’re leaving Helsinki and traveling to Tampere, an hour or so away – but still in Finland –  for our first show.  As I checked out of the hotel, I learned my luggage has just arrived at the airport, but there’s no time to get it, today, so I won’t see it...
From Home to Helsinki

From Home to Helsinki

Sat. Oct. 20 and Sun. Oct. 21, 2012 Five days at home was glorious but brief.  This is what it looked like in the evening, honest: My greatest achievement during the break, aside from repacking and submitting my absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 election, was a date with...
Home is …

Home is …

I’ve been on tour with a rock band for the last two months, watching the legendary Steve Vai every night from my spot (behind him and eight feet to his left) – and sharing the stage with four other stellar musicians: Philip Bynoe -bass, Dave Weiner – guitar, ...
Midnight Tweets from the Second-Screen

Midnight Tweets from the Second-Screen

Guest-blog by Beatriz Harley I knew it would be a late night, but I was ready! I’d been waiting for weeks – Legendary rock guitarist Steve Vai would be performing at L.A.’s Club Nokia Oct. 12th and it was airing LIVE across the country on AXS-TV – a cable network that...
A Marvel of Sheep

A Marvel of Sheep

I don’t know where we are – somewhere between Denver and Boise —  but I just woke up early (10:30 AM – it’s early, on a tour-bus), opened the bus curtains and saw … sheep. Sheep running by the side of a two-lane road, with cowboys on horses and herding-dogs. my...
Weeping China Doll

Weeping China Doll

“What is your favorite Steve Vai tune to play and why?” – is what a friend asked me about my touring with Vai’s “Story of Light” tour.  “Yikes!” I thought – almost every one is a favorite – but  all for different...