About a year ago I got it into my head that I wanted to move to Ireland right after graduation. I was SURE it was going to happen. Well around July I realized that it actually wouldn't, so I decided that if i couldn't move there, I'd go ahead and travel around the country for a bit. And why not bring Beating Lights along with me?
So before I left, I hit up Google and tried to find at least one artist in every city I was staying in. It wasn't easy to say the least, but I was determined. I didn't know what to expect, I simply thought it would be fun to shoot some musicians while I was there. But now to say that the past 3 weeks were incredible is an understatement.
I met up with 4 singer songwriters, 4 bands, was invited to 2 shows (one in a church, one at a pub), had tea with one artist, cider with a few others and breakfast with the last band. After every shoot, I made sure to sit down with each of them and have a little "interview" (aka conversation about life and music), and these conversations ended up being some of the highlights of the trip. Either all musicians over there are incredibly humble and friendly, or I just got super lucky. Either way, it was wonderful.
I decided I can no longer travel any other way. I don't care about paying to see castle, paying to enter museums, taking pictures of the food, the statues, the towers. Because what on earth would that bring to my life?
During the past 3 weeks I was able to learn about the music scenes in those different places, how different yet similar life around the world can be, and get to know some of the most talented and just damn friendliest people I now know.
My only regret is not having more time to spend with everyone. The downsides to traveling for extended amounts of time is, although you get to meet more people, you also get to spend less time with them.
Sometime in the last few months I gave up on the idea of moving to Europe. I think I just go too comfortable here. it's easy and all too convenient to stay in the US. But easy is uninspiring. I don't like LA (too many reasons to count, ask me if you really want to know!), I don't feel American (some combination of attending a french immersion school for 13 years and living in an Iranian-American household), and I simply don't care about being a part of this music industry.
So now the plan is back on, and I'm not going to waste any more time before making it happen.