On your marks, get set, Mountaintops!Kori Gardner
OUR NEW RECORD, “MOUNTAINTOPS” IS RELEASED TODAY! Very excited-that’s why all the caps.
Getting ready to tour we got a good laugh at the merch bin we’ve been using through the last 7 years…
Bin uses: infant toys…stuffed animals….maternity clothes…place for kid to scribble with sharpie…and finally, we use it for our band tshirts. We really didn’t need to write Mates of State on it (not many other bands would have their maternity clothes bin reused as a merch box-clearly OUR merch bin)
I’m officially ready (and also not ready) to get touring. No doubt I will have stories to tell, pictures to show off. It’s been a while so that’s part of all the anticipation but also…It’s the first time I haven’t been pregnant or breastfeeding for a tour cycle in over 7 years (kids are 7 and 3.5) For those that aren’t moms that means: I don’t feel (as) fat, I am not worried about my breastmilk leaking on stage (yes, people who don’t have kids, that was a real concern of mine once upon a time), I don’t have to worry as much in general since the kids are older now. I will have lighter circles under my eyes from lack of sleep due to a baby, I will get to have a drink when I want, and I have some of myself back. I’m ready. But..
My new worries are if my daughters, now that they are comprehending what we do, will be adjusted going back and forth between touring and school, grandma’s house to a tour bunk, back to their own beds… I guess we will just have to wait and see. If all seem happy and healthy, we will proceed.
And, it’s probably a good time for me to mention one more aspect of my life…
The touring nanny…oh yes, you have been a part of my life for these past 7 years. Sometimes you were my mom, my sister, a friend or a “referral”. Never has this been an easy job but one for those who love art, music, seeing the world (don’t mind sleeping in a crowded tour buses, riding hours in a van, sharing a bed with our tour manager when hotels are full-sorry about that one, Mom, helping kids ride their bikes around stinky rock clubs, or planting “treasures” for afternoon strolls) above all else, these people love children.
So, I am launching a business very soon with some amazing women. One owns the best little shop in Mississippi, is a great photographer, has (no lie) saved a whale while on her jet-ski and also is (from first hand experience here) an amazing nanny. Another one designs wardrobe and styles for the best kids show ever (Yo Gabba Gabba), has created her own line of retro baby changers and slings, is the sweetest person on the planet, is a reiki therapist and is seriously a “natural” with every single child she comes in contact with including my own. And the third one is a beautiful, clever, witty single mom of a very adorable little boy. She grows her own patchouli (and vegetables), teaches and prepares organic meals at a Waldorf school, and is a blogging, thrifting, and etsy expert who happened to have the very same idea I did when I started touring with kids…
WE SHOULD START A BUSINESS THAT PROVIDES COOL NANNIES WITH TOURING BANDS, ARTISTS, ETC.
chARTer nannies is our official name. (nannies interested, bands in need,etc: firstname.lastname@example.org)
So yah, plugging away-new record, new tour and new nanny business.
The most important plug of all-I’m still a neurotic and doting mother: I have two brilliant and hillarious little girls. With all this other stuff to be proud of, the only one that still brings tears to my eyes is saying “I’m a mom.”
Away we go.