Last week, I traveled to Las Vegas and Los Angeles with the George Gee Swing Orchestra for an East Coast-meets-West Coast battle of the bands. I was reminded of some important truths:
1. Las Vegas in July is, as Cole Porter put it, too darn hot, which can result in being confined to your hotel room, where at least it’s air conditioned and you don’t have to listen to the incessant beeping and buzzing of slot machines.
2. If you’re performing in Las Vegas, you may find that you share equal billing with a $7.77 all-you-can-eat casino buffet. Live it. Love it. Embrace it.
3. Even a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker like me can find solace and (yes!) inspiration in the glory that is an In-N-Out burger. You win this round, L.A.
4. Playing music for a living is a pleasure and privilege; it’s pretty damn rewarding to be a part of something that results in lots and lots of people dancing and smiling.
5. Whether you’ve been away for a few days or a few years, there is no sight more welcome than that of New York City coming into view from the airplane. There truly is no place like home.