Our hometown is burning!!!
It is insane and crazy. This is Gio writing here My parents were evacuated two days ago. The photo above is the hills behind their house. Firefighters (thanks all you amazing firefighters!!) have been kicking ass and working hard to keep things as safe and hopeful as possible.
My family is fine – as is the town of Petaluma. That includes the Pacini ancestral home, the Morrison ancestral home (Rancho Relaxo) and Jen and I’s house.
We were running around (before I flew out to meet up with tour) trying to organize kid music/songs/stories at the evacuation shelters, and Jen is still back there working her ass off to keep things going, to keep the kids learning, engaged, hopeful, and creative in this crazy time.
Being out here on tour can feel excruciatingly pointless during this fire… I keep trying to dig down and pull a meaning out of using time and energy here instead of back home with family, and it is real hard. But the family at home is hanging tough, we are off for 2 weeks starting Sunday, and I’ll (hopefully, if flights are clear and skies aren’t too smokey) be back on the scene, pen, paper and guitar in hand, partying with displaced kids and families.
In the meantime, I’m out here, and I worked on some tunes in the van to try and do something proactive and productive for my amazing people back home. Here’s a link to those tunes if you want to check it out.
Please, if you can, find a way to help out Sonoma County. There are so many people that could use your help.
Take care out there.
We rode horses!
And we knew you wouldn’t believe us, so we documented it in gorgeous, spectacular high-def, cinematic style. Thanks to Colin Blackshear for the camera and editing. Thanks to Ismay for the horses and expertise, and thanks to Lagunitas for giving us a way to dull the pain of our knees and asses.
Enjoy the new tune, and then come out to our 3-band-super-party-tour and sing along with us in your town.