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Nearing the end of the tour

on July 12, 2011 - 9:30am

Yesterday we rode from Ann Arbor to Canton, where the piano/bike spent the night prior to today's ride to Livonia for our 8 PM gig at the Trinity House Theater. We were pulled over by the Sheriff and given a stern lecture regarding cycling and sharing the road. Luckily, we're very pleased to share the roads with any vehicles other than piano/bikes, or even other piano/bikes, so we saw no problem and proceeded at a maniacal pace in front of a looming storm. We found shelter (barely) in a barn on Plymouth Rd., before making the last 3 miles in gentle rain.

Home Turf

on July 11, 2011 - 9:07am

Yesterday was a glorious day for the JBE. Every premise of our project was tested, and the results were fantastic. We started in Chelsea , the winter home of the JBE, where Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors shelters and maintains the piano/bike. Our everlasting gratitude to Mike Casey and his staff, we depend on them mightily, and they always take care of us.

We played a concert on the lawn of the Chelsea Library, a hundred people or more gathered in the shade to hear us play, it felt like a time gone by, with folks getting close to hear us play without amplification.

All roads don't lead to heaven

on July 10, 2011 - 4:32am

Yesterday we rolled through Hell... really. The small town was on our route, was it only coincidence that a new method of "cost saving" paving forced us to roll over a tarry goo, sucking us into the road and down into...Whoa - I gotta' watch myself, that's the delirium/ebullience/rage talking. That's all part of life as a piano/biker when you travel in the heat on roads with no shoulder, where for a time the locals seemed to tip the scale of appreciation of us in the other direction.

Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

on July 9, 2011 - 1:10pm

This time I'd like to take some time to describe some of the people in the project, the riders/musicians, and some of the people who help from the outside to make us go. When I mentioned to Jim Fleming a few years ago that I was a little worried about my lack of experience in some of the key areas we wanted to succeed in, he said, " don't worry, you've created a great project, people will come to you." He was spot on, so many people have helped in significant ways that I won't try to mention them all.