“And then there was music supposed to be played.” That’s what Ben Nichols says at the beginning of the Lucero Family Picnic video from 2013 that I’m listening to. Apparently, it had been storming in Little Rock that day (I’ve seen the video to prove it). It almost didn’t happen, but it did. And thanks to a fan who recorded it, I can enjoy today’s versions of their classic Tennessee album.
It seems fitting to start with a quote from a Lucero concert. It’s the last thing I blogged about on my previous blog, Ordinary Details- our first Lucero concert. That show last October has actually shaped much of 2014. Cody became a Lucero fan that night after years of looking at me funny when I listened to them. He’s always slow to come around. Now, like me, Lucero is what he primarily listens to. Thank goodness they have 100 or so songs for variety. The thing about it is that no one else sounds like them. It’s a genre of their own making. I think that’s why we listen to Lucero over and over and over again. We like the genre and there’s nothing to be added to the mix besides more Lucero. They’ve dominated our road trips both on the radio and our actual plans. Since that show in October, we’ve seen them nine, count them 9, more times. We traveled from Dallas, to Austin, to Houston to see them three nights in a row in February and March. We’d made plans to go to Arkansas in May last year but our eventual location in Arkansas was shaped by the fact that Lucero was playing twice in Fayetteville. There was Dallas on my birthday. Then we went to Memphis and then Little Rock to see Ben Nichols solo. We just saw them Thursday in Dallas. We’ve logged a lot of miles. And, we’v had a good time. But, those trips are going to be slowing down with new plans on the horizon. Still, we have our next road trip to see Lucero planned- Little Rock in December. (Yup, gonna get my husband to go during deer season!)
Sometimes, Lucero feels like a soundtrack to our life these days. But, it’s really just a small part of our lives. That’s the thing about blogging. I always loved that it’s a true soundtrack to my life- the soundtrack that I write. I really miss it.
I started blogging almost 10 years ago. In that time I’ve had three blogs and I think with each one I’ve strived to be me. Goodness knows, life’s twists and turns have changed me through the years and as a result so have my blogs. Last year, I began to feel that I simply wanted space that was all me all the time- rather than just part of me. I’m not even sure I can explain it. The more I thought about it, the more I knew that was the direction I wanted to take. This blog, this website, and all it is to become, is the result of some of that. It’s taken me a while to get this blog set up the way that I want it- and it’s still not quite there yet. But, it’s ready to see some blogging happen.
Sure, I’ll be sharing what’s been going on in the time since I last blogged consistently- and sure you’ll hear more about Lucero. But, I’ve let go of guilt that comes with not telling all those stories. Honestly, though, I want to focus on here and now- stories, thoughts, creative adventures, and the things that I love. I find myself more and more simply realizing who I am today and accepting it with a smile. So, it’s fitting this blog, well, it’s me, Amy Anne Jenkins.
So, here I am beginning a new journey into blogging. This blank slate is ready for me to start blogging. So as Ben says in that same video, “It’s gonna happen now though.”