Amber Sweeney

Amber Sweeney is an accomplished soul-rock singer and songwriter from the Pacific Northwest

LA Is Such A Tease

If you’re taking I-5 down to California, then you had better have a killer music playlist, and maybe an audio book or two to read, because there isn’t much to look at out of the window of the car. Our trip included listening to the Believing In Love Week One Tour Playlist on Spotify, my friend Jeff’s awesome road mix cd, and much of Amy Schumer’s book, “The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo.” Five hours later, we arrived at another one of Jessicca’s friends (Sandra and Ruben) house, where we camped for a few days before the Grammy week events took place. It was such a peaceful and beautiful home. By this point in the trip, we had noticed that at each place we stayed, there were welcoming and happy pups to partake in the shared company and space. It was a cool thing to notice, especially since I am a dog lover. 

By the time we reached southern California, both Jessicca and I were already done loading and unloading Winston (the tour van). I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “yeah, that gear you’re hauling must be heavy.” You would never imagine it was because we brought way too many clothes with us. I mean, we are two grown women who have learned a thing or two about traveling and life, right? Clearly not. We each have garment bags, dedicated shoe bags, and more clothes than we’d ever be able to wear in four weeks. As if that wasn't enough, we each decided we had nothing to wear and went shopping. Twice. It’s ridiculous. Then there are food bags, merchandise bags, and random-junk-drawer-type bags for all the loose things we clearly don’t need, but have no idea where to put. Sandra and Ruben came to the rescue for us on this one, however, as they let us park Winston in their garage, and leave a few of the more sensitive items in a safe place as we jumped around from show to event. 

Speaking of shows, the first show played in LA was at a venue called Ghengis Cohens in West Hollywood. There was a good mix of old and new friends that joined us for the Tuesday night show. It was a treat to visit with one of my early mentors in sound, Eric and his lovely wife Susan, as well as the woman who helped me learn my ABCs, Sara. I hadn’t seen them in at least 14 years. The show was another one of those house show feels, and it was a great night to share with friends. 

The next day we began the adventure of a lifetime, which I’ll dedicate its own blog too. In the meantime, I’ll tell you about the other show I got to play in Anaheim. It was quite literally across the street from the Magic Kingdom, otherwise known as Disneyland. After dropping Winston off at the Grand Legacy hotel’s valet, Jessicca carted our gear to the rooftop bar known as The Fifth. It was a perfect evening without rain, which seemed to be falling from the sky since we got into Los Angeles. I was so grateful that it stayed dry for this outdoor show. It was a beautiful view, and the staff was unbelievably friendly. One of my favorite things about playing at The Fifth on this particular night, was that there were not one, but two families visiting the Magic Kingdom from The Great Northwest! It was so much fun to have them shout along with me during the song The Great Northwest, and even more fun to watch the kids all dance and have a great time with their parents, siblings, and friends. It was incredible to see that connection between the generations, and the way they enjoyed a memorable moment as a family through music. It was a privilege to be a part of that with them. 

I finished up at 10pm, and quickly packed up so we could head to a warmer spot and visit with my friend Ana, who just moved to Anaheim from Portland. Not only did we have a great visit with Ana, but she let us enjoy the neighborhood hot tub - always a treat to soak in a warm pool on a cold day! 

It may have been a quick visit with Ana, but it was good for the soul, especially given that we would be running from place to place next, on but a few hours of sleep. More on that adventure in the next blog. 

Until next time, thanks for listening with your heart! 

~Amber

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