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  • May 11, 2010
    Santa Fe: A Day in the Life of SNC

    It's the end of the show.  We're winded.  

     

    Santa Fe is the highest elevated state capital in the country at 7,000 feet or so (2,000 above Denver) and we're feeling that altitude.  BUT, we're had a great time singing for everyone in the audience tonight, many of whom saw us perform live for the first time (always cool to see the show of hands and hear the cheers from crowds who haven't seen us before).  

     

    We had yesterday off, which was a much needed break on our voices and bodies.  We caught up on sleep, got some good sun by the pool at our hotel, and had a fun cocktail hour (or two) around the hot tub and brainstormed some creative marketing and musical ideas together.  Dinner was at a fun spot called Coyote Cafe (not Ugly...), which has a relaxing rooftop terrace and a fantastic Southwest menu.  As the picture of Jerome holding his plate of (APPETIZER) nachos attests on the main page, Coyote Cafe does not skimp with their portions!  The night continued - at the expense of several buckets of Coronas and some Sangria for an after-dinner-drink drink - and some of us headed to a fun local watering hole calling the Tin Star where we had another round and called it a night.  Best part:  our hotel was next door.  

     

    Today, Mike, Seggie, and I rented a car in town and drove out to the nearby mountains to get some fresh air and check out the local hiking scene.  We stopped at a trailhead and were drawn to a creek that was running through the forest, trickling here and there past the foot or so of snow that remained on the ground from the winter.  The avid, expert climbers that we are, we made sure to pack plenty of water (10 oz. each for the day), wear our most comfortable shorts, and throw on whatever shoes we found on the bus that belonged to us.  We cavalierly decided against bringing any granola bars or other sustenance on the grounds that it would most likely weigh us down as we trekked up the treacherous and daunting terrain.  

     

    That all came to an abrupt halt when we spotted a fresh paw print in the snow and knew that somewhere out there a big Mama bear could be eyeing us three human idiots as a potential light snack before dinner.  We decided it best to return to our comfortable car and just drive the rest of the way up the mountain.  Conversation turned to how we would break it to the rest of the guys if one of us actually was eaten by a bear.  We pondered if we had the gumption to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, which would be fitting since we since about it every night.  We learned from a sign at the last look-out that aspen trees hate beetles.  Or maybe it's the other way around, I don't know.

     

    OK, I hear the venue staff cleaning up in the hallway outside the dressing room which means one thing:  this guy (points to chest with thumb) has to get out of here.  Adios, Santa Fe / Goodbye, Holy Faith.  Thanks for the memories.  

     

    Cheers,

    RA

     

     

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Ryan_5's picture
on 11 May 2010 - 1:17am

It's the end of the show.  We're winded.  

 

Santa Fe is the highest elevated state capital in the country at 7,000 feet or so (2,000 above Denver) and we're feeling that altitude.  BUT, we're had a great time singing for everyone in the audience tonight, many of whom saw us perform live for the first time (always cool to see the show of hands and hear the cheers from crowds who haven't seen us before).  

 

We had yesterday off, which was a much needed break on our voices and bodies.  We caught up on sleep, got some good sun by the pool at our hotel, and had a fun cocktail hour (or two) around the hot tub and brainstormed some creative marketing and musical ideas together.  Dinner was at a fun spot called Coyote Cafe (not Ugly...), which has a relaxing rooftop terrace and a fantastic Southwest menu.  As the picture of Jerome holding his plate of (APPETIZER) nachos attests on the main page, Coyote Cafe does not skimp with their portions!  The night continued - at the expense of several buckets of Coronas and some Sangria for an after-dinner-drink drink - and some of us headed to a fun local watering hole calling the Tin Star where we had another round and called it a night.  Best part:  our hotel was next door.  

 

Today, Mike, Seggie, and I rented a car in town and drove out to the nearby mountains to get some fresh air and check out the local hiking scene.  We stopped at a trailhead and were drawn to a creek that was running through the forest, trickling here and there past the foot or so of snow that remained on the ground from the winter.  The avid, expert climbers that we are, we made sure to pack plenty of water (10 oz. each for the day), wear our most comfortable shorts, and throw on whatever shoes we found on the bus that belonged to us.  We cavalierly decided against bringing any granola bars or other sustenance on the grounds that it would most likely weigh us down as we trekked up the treacherous and daunting terrain.  

 

That all came to an abrupt halt when we spotted a fresh paw print in the snow and knew that somewhere out there a big Mama bear could be eyeing us three human idiots as a potential light snack before dinner.  We decided it best to return to our comfortable car and just drive the rest of the way up the mountain.  Conversation turned to how we would break it to the rest of the guys if one of us actually was eaten by a bear.  We pondered if we had the gumption to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, which would be fitting since we since about it every night.  We learned from a sign at the last look-out that aspen trees hate beetles.  Or maybe it's the other way around, I don't know.

 

OK, I hear the venue staff cleaning up in the hallway outside the dressing room which means one thing:  this guy (points to chest with thumb) has to get out of here.  Adios, Santa Fe / Goodbye, Holy Faith.  Thanks for the memories.  

 

Cheers,

RA

 

 

Comments

Sarah Liz's picture

yup, what Tina said :) :) :)
S. Brandon's picture

What Tina said. :-)
Tina Gaston's picture

Ryan, thank you so much for taking time out of your crazy schedule to update us fans about happenings on the tour. I think I can safely speak for all of us fans when I say that we greatly appreciate how open all of your are with all of us. Please keep the wonderful updates coming! -Tina
SheriS's picture

amyj: I thought I had front row seats for C-ville, but didn't get a confirmation and found out I didn't. Have front behind the Orchestra Pit! Cannot wait as I don't think I will be able to do th AC thing. I agree with you on the Norfolk show--didn't want it to end!
amyj's picture

Glad to hear you all still have the "fun" on your tour. Your fans appreciate the time and effort this takes. The show in Norfolk was AWESOME!! Can't wait to see you in AC and have front-row for Charlottesville ( "C-Ville" to us Virginians )...Love all of your marketing ideas---will wait "patiently" to hear the new ideas.....smart guys!!!
Shaina's picture

*snort* Nice, LLH!!!
S. Brandon's picture

Good one, LLH! :-D
LLH's picture

"Conversation turned to how we would break it to the rest of the guys if one of us actually was eaten by a bear" ...... Hey guys, I've got good news and bad news - good news, we've got a little more closet space on the bus; bad news - Randy, can you sing tenor? :) Ryan, love your posts! Thanks for sharing and take care of yourselves!
LovedeAcapella's picture

SingForMe: "Oh, My! Ten handsome men who are talented, funny, and charming. What could be better?" That's a rhetorical question, right?
Terri_7's picture

Can't wait to see you guys tonight!!!! Been wondering if you're in the same hotel....there was a tour bus outside...
Flintlock's picture

nothing about your trip to Dallas?
waterfallprincess's picture

"No Ryan!!! That's NOT a Gummi Bear!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!"
Lauren_6's picture

klancy96 - I'm with you....I would love to hear exactly how they would break the news to the rest of the guys if one of them had been eaten....Oh the possibilities...
klancy96's picture

I’m curious to know how exactly the “eaten by a bear” news would be broken to the rest of the guys… does it involve the telling of the Three Little Bears?? :o) I do love your blogs. They are always entertaining and a sure-thing for a smile! Thank you!
Kay Lynn Staudt-AuntKLS's picture

Great commentaries regarding life on (and off) the road, Ryan. Thanks for sharing them with us and continue to enjoy every minute!
Kathy Mendoza's picture

Always love to read your blogs, Ryan. Can't wait to see you Friday!
Brandi_4's picture

Can't wait to see you guys tonite.. It will be cool, the temp today is going to be 88 in Tucson..
Annabelle's picture

Ryan, Your blog is always a treat to read (how many folks use "cavalierly" to describe their actions?)! And I loved your description of the "almost hike" cut short by the bear paw print. . . ! SNC can't afford to lose any one of you - EVERY voice is essential - so stay safe!
Jennifer Davis's picture

Thanks for a wonderful concert. We enjoyed every minute, especially getting to meet you all at the end of the night. We wish you would post a set list so we could remember all the wonderful songs we heard. Take care and have fun with the rest of your tour.
chillis416's picture

I must say, the concert was worth the 8 hours I spent in the car today!
BooBoo_2's picture

Ryan, thank you to you and the guys for an awesome show in Santa Fe!! The show you guys perform is everything and more!! My day started with the tourist thing in downtown Santa Fe stopping for breakfast at a cafe off the plaza. The minute I walked in I recognized DR!! And when I said Hello, I thought I would go nuts. Instead he was so nice I was able to keep my cool! It was a pleasure to meet him. With a little more walking around and a quick stop at a shop for a snack we ran in Dan!! Again sooo nice of a guy!! With a quick chat we said our goodbyes and were off for some much needed rest before your show!!! And what a show it was!!! The minute you guys were on stage I developed this smile that just wouldn't go away (my cheeks are feeling it) and my voice after a few songs was no longer. I sang and danced in my seat to the amazing music coming from the stage!! There was a rumor there was not going to be a meet and greet after the show, but Dan put those rumors to rest!! And the excitement and nervousness was back. But once you all extended your hands the nerves went a way the excitement calmed. Enjoy the cookies (hope you can not pronounce it, cause I'm not going to attempt to spell it and Mom's already asleep). Thank you sooo very much for the pictures (thanks to Seggie, I'll be collecting my winnings from my nephew when I get back home plus it was a good excuse to get a hug and picture), for an awesome evening and for all that Straight No Chaser gives to us, your fans!! (Sound familiar, hope you all read your notes.) See you in a few weeks for my birthday!! Again . . . Thank You Straight No Chaser!!!
Shaina's picture

It was fun reading your blog, Ryan! It's ALWAYS fun. :)
Sarah Liz's picture

a very interesting peek into life on tour, and particularly into the conversations that can happen on a drive in the mtns.... :) knock 'em dead in Tucson, enjoy your day off, and I can't wait to see you in Anaheim on Thursday! Thanks for the blog. :) -Sarah