A Year in Review: 2011
December 14, 2012 | By | No Comments
Roadtrip #1 Stats
Stopped in 50 Cities
Played Piano in 32 Cities and 8 National Parks
5 months of Travel
Date of Departure: April 4, 2011
Date of Return: Sept. 5, 2011
After spending 3 months healing from a piano falling on my hand in the middle of NYC, I was determined to make my dream of traveling across America with my upright piano come true. Most people would think twice after having a 400 lb piano fall on your hand, nearly ending your career. But I am a firm believer of “Risk. Fail. Risk Again.”
In February of 2011, I bought my first Car with my savings. And no, its not the dream car you’re thinking of. This is my first car:
I fitted the vehicle with carpeting, wood beams, and make it feel like a home.
Originally I intended to leave so I could make it to New Orleans before Mardi Gras, but things never work out the way you plan. I also didnt have enough money to go on a road trip. So I took another month to save and by April 4, 2011, I embarked on my journey. (Click on the Cities to see more photos)
The Angel Oak Tree in Charleston
New Orleans, LA
I fell in Love with New Orleans. I fell in love with the culture. I fell in love with the people. And most of all, I fell in love with the music. There is NOTHING like New Orleans and It is my second home (after New York City).
I never experience more isolation than this desert. This place was magical and it showed me that there is very much beauty in a vast desert of nothing. See the Story of Claunch, one of my favorite places on Earth.
I couldnt decide whether to go to the Grand Canyon or Bryce and Zion. Instead I decided to go to all three. It was well worth the trip.
Zion National Park
I played in this amazing field of yellow and purple flowers. This was above 7000 feet in elevation
Crazy Drunk Folk
I didnt have the greatest time in LA. I played at Venice Beach and at Hermosa Beach. The majority of my time was spent with my cousins who live out there and driving through traffic.
Driving Along I-1
One of the most amazing drive’s on my trip was going along the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Beautiful sights with plenty of dangerous curves up ahead.
Santa Cruz is certainly one of my favorite small towns in America. I met so many musicians and down to earth people.
Someone spray painted my truck when I was in San Francisco. I was really pissed. But I got over it…
Oregon Country Fair
First Thursday is a Street Art Fair that they do in Portland every month. The Streets were packed and I set up my piano fairly close to where all the action was happening. I met some really great people including a multi-millionaire who ended up taking us out for drinks afterwards.
Seattle was where I ran out of money. I decided that I am going to attempt to travel back home to New York City with only $2.82 in my bank account.
Glacier National Park
One of the most beautiful places on Earth. This is another magical and nostalgic place. The history of this planet is engraved in this preserved land.
Within the 36 hours I stayed in Jackson, Wyoming, I met more than 25 people and had some really amazing conversations. I didnt even play piano there, but I met so many people by walking around and being the outgoing person that I am.
Yellowstone National Park
Salt Lake City, UT
New York City
Traveling to more than 60 cities in America made me appreciate New York City that much more. New York has Everything and there is absolutely no place like New York in the entire world!
November 21, 2012
Roadtrip #2 to Florida:
I received a call from an artist i once worked for and he needed someone to deliver his paintings to the Art Basel Festival in Miami, Florida. I was perfect for the job and I figured that while I was getting paid to deliver these paintings why not bring my piano down and play around town?