Are you in 8th grade?

So I thought I’d share a few tour stories that I may have hinted to already, but haven’t taken the time to truly narrate. I know, I know, it’s really not as cool to tell these stories after the fact, but now that we’re home, I actually have a bit more time to blog, so I’m going to.

One night while we were in Florida, we led worship and played a short set for a youth group in the Fort Myers area. Leading worship for teenagers can be interesting. Sometimes teens are really into singing and sometimes, they’re just waayyyy too cool for the whole thing. We weren’t sure what to expect but were happy to be there nonetheless and meet the kids.

Never in my life have I been so intimidated by a bunch of high schoolers. Seriously. I don’t know if I was having an off night or just experiencing an extremely high does of insecurity, but I was scared. The kids looked so old. And so cool. I wasn’t really a cool kid in high school. What I mean by that is that I was the drum major of my high school marching band. Yes, I said it. I was the head nerd. Still, I thought I was passed a lot of the inadequacy and insecurities I felt in high school. I mean, I’m an adult now, married even. (For some reason I equate married with being more of a “real” person. Which totally isn’t true.) But apparently, the kids that appear “cool” still freak me out.

After mingling with the high school kids I found myself feeling pretty nauseous (again, insecurity). I retreated to the middle school room. I sat near a group of girls and tried to talk a little. It was then that one of the girls leaned over, told me she was in 8th grade and asked, “Are you in 8th grade too?” I tried not to look appalled and said, no. She then asked, “Oh, so are you in 9th?” Now, I understand that I was in the middle school room, so she could very easily have thought that everyone there was in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, but think about it…I’m at least 10 years older than this girl. How could she seriously have thought that we were the same age?
My self-esteem at an all time low, Tyler and I climbed the stage to lead some worship and play our songs. To my delight…some of the kids actually knew our songs…they even sang along with “Nashville”! By the end of the night I felt pretty good…I’d even forgotten about the 8th grade incident. (Not for long, clearly.)

Thinking about the whole night makes me feel pretty pathetic. That I would place my self worth in the hands of a bunch of teenagers is pretty ridiculous. How many songs have I written about this sort of thing? Yet, I still find myself concerned about what other people think. It takes time I guess. Just when I think I’m grown up I find that I still have so very much to learn.

More stories to come.
-Jenny

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fashion, grooving, free ep

To those of you who signed up for the mailing list while we were touring (meaning you signed up at a show) fear not, your free EP is on it’s way. We got a little behind in adding everyone while we were on the road. If you haven’t yet, you will be getting an email with the download info within the next two days. We apologize and appreciate your patience!

In other news, Tyler and I are getting some new promo shots done this weekend! Yay! Our lovely friend Meghan (www.redmetyellow.com) will be using her extraordinary photography skills to (hopefully) make us look good. She came over this week to go over wardrobe options with me and explained that all I really have to do if I want to fit in with the fashion in Nashville is find two things that I would never wear together and put them on. Turns out she’s right. We actually made a trendy outfit out of my clothes. I was dumbfounded. Even so, after the shoot is over I’ll probably stick to my traditional jeans and a t-shirt look.

I’m sitting in our living next to Tyler doing work and listening to Foy Vance. I know, I know, I’ve plugged Foy Vance a lot, but seriously, I can’t stop listening. Right now we’re listening to his song, “Hope, Peace, & Love.” You know a song is really grooving when you look at the person sitting next to you and realize that you’re both bobbing your heads in time without even realizing it. Seriously. So good.

back to work.
-jenny

Back in Nashville…

WE ARE HOME!!!

It feels good to be here.  We’ve spent the past couple days regrouping, visiting with friends, appreciating the comfort of our own bed, COOKING!!! I know that may seem a bit strange, wouldn’t it be wonderful to not have to cook for two months?  Not so I’m afraid.  I like my kitchen.  And I really like eating.

We had a great time touring.  We enjoyed meeting so many of you!  And we hope to see you again I might add.  We’re allready gearing up for the fall.  If you would like to host a house show, let us know!  Contact us at: jt@jennyandtylermusic.com to book or help us book.

Highlights of the tour—

We played for audiences of all ages.  From first graders to 80 year olds and everything in between.  It was, shall we say, interesting? But so fun!

Tyler was able to see a bald eagle while we were in South Carolina. I, sadly, missed it.

A friend of mine commented on all of the “free food tweets” I posted.  What can I say, I like food, especially when it’s free.

Receiving a stuffed cat with a patch over it’s eye in Lynchburg.

Seeing snow covered mountains in Vermont and having our toes in the sand in Florida just weeks apart.

Windy Gap!!!

I could go on and on.  But I won’t.  But seriously, good times all around.  Thanks so much for coming out and supporting us!

-jenny (&tyler)

oh one-eyed cat.

Right now I’m sitting in Blue Ridge Lodge at Windy Gap Young Life camp in Asheville, NC.  It’s beautiful here. We’re playing music, helping with worship, and hanging out for work week 2009.  We’re staying in staff lodging–which is amazing.  Seriously. I didn’t know that young life camp was THIS nice.

A lot has happened in the past week or so.  We played a fun show in Jacksonville, FL at a place called Three Layers. The owners gave us all the food we wanted while we were there so I tried their famous three layer black and white cake.  I think it was the most delicious cake I’ve ever had.  It consisted of layers of chocolate cake and white chocolate mousse.  So so so good.  We also played a really great show in Fort Myers, FL and another in Orlando.  We had fun seeing family–some that we hadn’t seen in 10ish years.  It’s weird when you don’t see family for that long–but I guess when you’re scattered all over the country it’s bound to happen.

We spent the last 3 days in Savannah, GA before coming to Windy Gap.  We only played a show one night, so we spent the other two celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary.  It’s a little early, but we had a great free hotel room courtesy of a friend and Savannah is a gorgeous city, so we decided to make the most of it.  It was worth it!

Backtracking a bit–

Some of you may know that we had to cancel a show in Arkansas and in Austin, TX (back in April) due to illness. I had a seizure a couple weeks ago (right around those shows) and bit through my tongue pretty intensely–singing, much less talking wasn’t a fun thing for a couple days.  If you’ve listened to Season on “A Prelude” you may have picked up on my epilepsy.  I’m generally pretty open about it.  Anyway, one of the great things about the timing of the seizure was that I was able to spend a couple days recouperating at my parent’s house in Dallas—which also meant that I got to see Stewart–my ONE EYED CAT!  Here’s a picture of us spending time together.  Can you tell which eye is blind?

such a pretty kitty.

such a pretty kitty.

Well, I’m off to do some work.  The tour is beginning to wind down.  Crazyness!

-Jenny