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The Hardest Part of Touring is Leaving Family and Friends

I feel like some musicians will try to avoid having to feel this pain by not making connections. They don’t get married, they definitely don’t have kids. I understand why. It’s hard enough to do this lifestyle without the pressures of providing for a family emotionally and financially.

However … we need community! We need deep personal connections to other humans to be healthy and to grow. I found the more I tried to protect myself from the emotional pain of leaving, the more detached I became from emotional expression. Which is what brought me to music in the first place.

Now when I leave for a tour I allow myself to be sad and feel the emotions.

 

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