Seattle – Skylark Coffee and Lounge

When you hear the phrase “12 hour drive” it doesn’t really set in until you’re about 5 hours into it. Oh… It’s a long drive… Maybe it’s just me… But tryin to visualize that time period in a car is hard. Leaving Sacramento, after that whole debacle, and then driving all the way to Seattle was tough. It was so nice having Amanda with me, because she actually did half the driving! (Whoa… She’s a keeper!) we ended up at a rest stop about two hour outside of Seattle at around 7am and slept till a little after 10.

Delirious, we finished our drive to Seattle and my friend, (and CRAZY good photographer!!!) Jason Tang let me take a shower at his pad. We then went to El Diablo for a cup of coffee and 5 Places for breakfast. I had the “Cinnamon French Toast w/ Carmel Sauce.” Yeah…. It was as good as it sounded…

We had about two hours to kill before Amanda had to be at the airport for her flight, so we went to the Pier and did touristy stuff like looked at the Ferris Wheel, saw the original Starbucks, and scoped out the Space Needle. Amanda is afraid of heights, so we just stayed in the car. 🙂

Airports suck 50% of the time. This was one of those times. I wish Amanda could’ve come with me the whole way, but she had to get back to work. From here on out, I’m drivin solo…. Sigh….

Relationships are funny. You’re doing fine on your own, and then you meet someone and you can’t imagine what it was like before they were a part of you.

I drove back to Jason’s, laid on the bed and slept like a newborn. I woke up a little before 6 and was able to see the start of the football game. I was rooting for the Ravens, since my fantasy team opponent, Mike, has Payton Manning as his QB in the league I care about… Hold up…. I think I have Payton in the leagues I don’t care about… YUP!!!! I do! Haha! Yeah boyyyyeeee… Okay… So anyways, enough about that. Life’s good on that front. (My team names are “CSI Hernandez” and “The Johnny Hancocks” if you were wondering…)

The show was awesome. The sound in the room was amazing and Jason snapped some great pics! Can’t wait to see them when he’s done with them! I sold a few CD’s and the two other bands were wicked nice local guys who were extremely kind and thoughtful. I really love Seattle!

Welp. Time to get to sleep. Portland will be great tomorrow and I’m excited to see everyone!

Kiss a stranger.
-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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