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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Warrior Girl - Freedom, detachment, getting clear, letting go, and living my life.

"I realize that I am always free to let go
and observe my life" 
- Wayne Dyer

Life on the road as a touring artist has its stories, and also its lessons. Four hours sleep doing the red eye from L.A, via Atlanta, I arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee. I had no idea where that was on the map except that it is a three hour drive from Nashville and is also in Tennessee. But that’s where the commonality ends. Instead of music being its heart, the Smoky Mountains is its claim to fame, amongst also having a reputable university, and once a World Fair.

The first thing I noticed about the Knoxville airport is sandstone walls. The gates and whole airport is built with a very nice indoor facade of sandstone. Then, as you walk down the corridor to baggage claim, there's a gorgeous water fountain, with dozens of live plants. It's, well, pretty. I never would have thought I'd use that word about an airport. It is a welcome relief to the dank grayness of LAX.

I'm performing and speaking at this year's Indiegrrl Women in the Arts Festival/Conference at Knoxville this weekend, and just checked in to the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park. in 1982, this is where the World Fair was and the famous Rubick's cube was revealed here. In fact, in the lobby is the huge Rubick's Cube statue (it's basically a giant Rubick's cube) that was displayed back then. I feel like I'm living part of history. I'm staying on the very exclusive 11th floor (you need a key to access this floor in the elevator). It's a touch of class, amongst a hotel that I don't believe has been renovated since '82, except for my room, which is pretty swanky I have to say.