Day 10 – #HOPEtour (Tampa, Freshman Memories, and Sacred Grounds)

Yesterday was a pretty nostalgic. I had an emotional roller coaster that left my head spinning. It’s funny how being in a place that you used to live can flood into every thought, idea, and pore in your body. My freshman year if college was not my was easiest. I had a long distance relationship with “pocket change” that went sour that year, teaching me much of how I feel about love and life, a loneliness/outsiderness that hasn’t really left. It’s hard to explain to someone what it’s like being trapped in your head, but I’ll try. Everything you read, every conversation you have, everywhere you live – takes on a personality/trait of its own. You start seeing characters in inanimate objects, and write stories about them. I guess it’s my “coping mechanism” for when things are tough/don’t go my way. Every conversation has an insecurity attached and the fear of rejection is intwined in most interactions- even when I’m playing. (Ever notice how I keep my eyes closed in almost every venue but LeStats? Yup.)

It all kinda flooded back when I drove around campus. I remembered so many things from that year that I had pushed out… Gah… Oh well… Back to music stuff…

I LOVED the venue for the show last night. Sacred Grounds is a cool little “mystic” cafe right next to Busch Gardens. Karen, the owner is wicked sweet and really took care of me. She got me setup, made an Americano for me and even made it the exact way I drink them. #awesome

Had a great time playing and met a bunch of cool local talent. One of the guys even knew who Mal Hall, one of my favorite comedian pals, was. (Small world) I played for an hour before the open mic and then three songs during the open mic. Liz and Courtney came out to support and were both super sweet!

Tonight’s show is in Vero Beach, and I’m pretty excited to visit! Waldo’s is gonna go offfffff! 🙂

All my best,
-j

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About Joshua Lodge

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses and clubs. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident Josh retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for "Best Acoustic" and "Best Local Recording," opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third EP, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Josh spent much of the year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his album I Will Be There out now on Randm Records. From the joyous encouragement of “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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One Response to Day 10 – #HOPEtour (Tampa, Freshman Memories, and Sacred Grounds)

  1. Mi Rinda says:

    I must admit that sometimes I feel a bit like a stalker reading these. 🙂 Hopefully you find a woman who is exactly the opposite of Pocket Change girl and she treats you the way you deserve to be treated. Keep your head up Josh, you are awesome!

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