Sunday the 23rd of July! 18 days, and almost 3,500 miles later, I made it back to Orlando, FL! Home Sweet Home!
Let me tell you… the end of the tour started to become a blur. So much driving, and meeting so many people, and being so tired = Blur.
But it was all a blessing and completely enjoyable. I even caught up on my Podcasts on my Ipod while driving in the car. (I played them through the car stereo system through the AUX Input.)
It was completely worth it, I met so many wonderful people, and I can’t wait to do it again….
…. but I think I’ll rest for a while 1st!
Hugs to all !
Now where’s my pillow!
I left Indianapolis, IN around 10pm on Friday evening the 22nd, and drove to Nashville, TN where I got see my friend Carissa from college. I only got to sleep a couple hours there, and then it was up and on the road again to complete my drive to Atlanta, GA!
I had to be in Atlanta, GA by 3pm on Saturday! I taught The Magickal Voice workshop, broke for a quick bite to eat, and then set up for the concert at 7pm.
I was so tired this day that I completely lapsed on photography! I only had a couple hours sleep the night before and approx 533 miles of driving! It was a long 24 hours to say the least!
Thank you Sherry & John for having me into your lovely shop! I appreciate it!
A special thanks to Natalie, who took me in and lent me her spare bedroom for the night!
I arrived in Indianapolis, IN about 1 to 1.5 hours before the concert time. I was greeted by an energetic fairy who quickly escorted me into the shop to Jan, the owner. I was then taken on the tour.
The Magic Candle is what a Metaphysical store should look like. Built into a historic building, it has exposed brick wall, herbs, books, & curios everywhere… and cats. There were several very well kept beautiful cats living there full time, but there were also several young kittens underfoot playing in and out of every crook and cranny. Being a lover of Bast, I loved it! “It’s a Fluffy!”
I only got to take one photo on my phone, because it had died by this time, but I should be receiving some more photos from the shop owner, Jan, soon. I will edit and add those photos at the end of this post when I receive them.
The little room I performed in was packed with shining faces, and everyone enjoyed the music and the silly stories I tell.
I played one special song that I don’t always perform called “The Crone Chant” for the birthday girl, Rita, who was just celebrating coming into her “Crone-hood”. I put her into the middle of a circle of people and we all danced and sang to her! She loved it! Especially when we called her the “Bitch Goddess!” (It’s part of the song.) Happy Birthday Rita! Be careful where you point that newly claimed Crone finger!
Velda enjoyed belly dancing to my new song “Death’s Lullaby (Let the Shadows Still the Light), and is an energetic smiling soul!
A special thanks to Jan, owner of The Magic Candle, for booking me last minute on the tour. It was wonderful meeting you and your beautiful community of Pagan peeps, and I look forward to returning again in the future!
On Thursday, July 21st, I left Kansas City, MO and drove to Saint Louis, MO where I spent the evening with my dear friend, Jackie, from college. It was great to see her and visit. In my rush, I forgot to take a photo of us on my phone for my blog. 🙁
I snapped the above photos of the Saint Louis arch on Friday morning when I was leaving Saint Louis on my way to Indianapolis, IN.
In this photo, I am crossing the Mississippi River just outside of Saint Louis, MO over into Illinois.
I am so blessed to have Aislinn, owner of Amethyst Dreams, as a friend in my life! She has been one of the driving forces behind my success as a performer at Heartland, as well as a merchant there in years past.
The concert on Tuesday night, and the workshop on Wednesday night were both small & intimate, and fun was had by all. Special thanks to Angel & Randal, who also attended this concert, after already attending on Sunday elsewhere!!!
For those who missed out, and to those who have never checked out “The Crossroads” and Aislinn’s store, you really need to get down there! Besides being a New Age / Metaphysical store, it’s a Healing Center! They offer massage therapy, reiki, psychic readings, and a host of other services!
The Crossroads area is very artsy, with a bunch of art galleries, and cool stores. The Grinders deli is delicious and has an amazing “Gouda Potatoe Casserole” which I couldn’t get enough of.
“Amethyst Dreams” is located directly across the street from “Grinders” at 412 E 18th St, and the entrance is on the side of the building.
They have an eclectic array of merchandise, from Shamanistic to Wiccan jewelry and clothing, many of which I have never seen anywhere before, and many other unique odds and ends.
Amethyst Dreams DOES do mail order, so you may want to ask for a catalog.
I spent some time with Aislinn on Wednesday, sharing with her how to use Twitter, email marketing, etc, so make sure you find her Twitter feed and befriend her! Just search for Aislinn Firehawk, and tell her Alexian sent ya. She is going to be sharing healing thoughts and tips on an on-going basis, amongst other valuable advice.
I also spent some time doing a video walk through of the store, and plan on mixing a YouTube video for her. It’s the least I could do after all that she has done for me over the years.
Thanks for hosting me Aislinn! May Amethyst Dreams continue to grow in the Light of the Lord and Lady.
Photo: Aislinn at the front door to Amethyst Dreams
I had a wonderful evening meeting new friends and hugging one or two long lost friends this evening at the concert.
It was held inside an art district area that used to be old warehouses by a railroad. All of the buildings have been renovated and brightly painted and turned into art galleries, theaters, and other types of creative spaces. I loved it!
I look forward to coming back and exploring when I have more time.
I’d like to thank the Pagan co-op that hosted the concert at “Divine Union”, and thanks to River for helping me organize it. A very special thanks to the very sweet Sheri and Iman for giving me a place to spend the night.
I snapped the photo after the concert on my phone infront of Divine Union. Left to Right: River, Sheri, Iman, Rob.
I recently did a concert for the Circles in the Woods CUUPS Chapter at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. The organizers, Ollis & Mary were very sweet in sending me these blurbs about the concert, and I thought I’d share:
“Alexian has such a variety of music that evokes feelings and emotions that range from happiness and humorous to thought-provoking. I especially enjoy the stories that he shares about each song he has written. It is amazing to me that he writes, composes, and then puts it all together himself. No doubt his educational background at Boston’s Berklee College of Music is an asset, but it is the obvious labor of love that shows in his music. I thoroughly enjoy his concerts and can’t wait to do it again!”
— Ollis Hughes aka Lord SunFire
Facilitator – Circles in the Woods CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans), Tampa FL
“Alexian’s interactive approach to his music gets the audience up and moving! I loved the “Circle of Power” Circle casting song! It got everyone out of their chairs and moving to the music right from the beginning. I mean – even people who won’t dance can walk in a circle – right? And “Listen to the Wind” just touches the heart of the soul and carries you away with the breeze. I can’t wait for his next CD!”
— Mary aka Lady StarPuma
Circles in the Woods CUUPS, Tampa FL
My tour to the MidWest & back is well on it’s way to being planned out and booked for July!
I already have 4 gigs in Kansas City, MO, and tentative gigs other places on the route up from Orlando, FL and back.
For a up to the minute schedule of my appearances, please check my Calendar & Touring page at http://alexianmusic.com/index.php/calendar-touring/
I am still looking to book gigs in the following cities! If you live in or near these, please email me at email@example.com or call me at 407-278-1877 about booking me for a concert, house concert, or workshop:
- Tallahassee, FL
- Panama City, FL
- Pensacola, FL
- Montgomery, AL
- Birmingham, AL
- Memphis, TN
- Springfield, MO
- St. Louis, MO
- Nashville, TN
- Chattanooga, TN
- Atlanta, GA
- Macon, GA
- Valdosta, GA
- Jacksonville, FL
- Gainesville, FL
- Orlando, FL
Hope to see you soon at a performance!
Merry Meet Rabid Pagans!
Today is my birthday and I’ve had a great one! There are literally HUNDREDS of posts on my Facebook from people wishing me a joyous day, and you all have made it one!
I am preparing to leave for the Phoenix Phyre gathering in Central Florida (Lakeland, FL) on Wednesday, and I will be there through Sunday. During the festival, I will be reading cards for people and also teaching one of my favorite workshops, “The Magickal Voice”. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the gathering.
Friday evening, April 8th, I will be debuting my new dance music along with some old favorites at my concert at Phoenix Phyre. The entertainment starts at 8:30pm with me hosting an open mic, followed by my concert.
If you can’t make it to the gathering for the full time, there are weekend passes available, as well as an evening pass from 6pm to 11pm for only $15. This includes my concert! So come out and see me!
For more information about Phoenix Phyre, please visit: http://www.phoenixfestivals.com
If you do plan on coming out to the concert, or if you just want to have some fun… check out the new line dance that my dear friend and covenmate, Ayanna, created for my birthday! It’s for my dance remake, “Cool to Be a Witch 2.0”!
I have posted the video right here on my website under Videos, or you can always go directly to my YouTube site at: http://www.youtube.com/lordalexian
Spring is here, and I’m ready to travel! I’ll be calling you all to set up concerts (and house concerts as well) all around Florida during the months of late April, May & June!
Then I’m already starting to plan a tour all the way up from Florida through the MID-WEST and back during July! So if you live in Northern FL, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, or Missouri, etc please contact me! This is your chance to get me to come perform live for you and your friends!
I am also contemplating a tour UP the East Coast all the way North in October! What Witchy pleasures await me up there?
Don’t be shy! Contact me… I don’t bite…. too hard. (Unless you want me to!)
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The new mastered dance version of “Cool to Be a Witch 2.0” is now available for download at: http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/alexian