Monday, October 11, 2010

The SoCal Chronicles: Day 2

Friday morning found me at the continental breakfast station at Hotel Astro Turf. I stuffed an English muffin and a hard boiled egg in a napkin and rushed off to meet Joe Corcoran at the Backyard Studios for a little rehearsal for the Carlsbad show. Sorry, no rehearsal pictures. Just a random photo by my car with a random mannequin (Actually, the mannequin models my t-shirts.)

Stuart B. (the producer behind "Anchor") was also there. He also wanted a picture with the mannequin. I don't blame him. My mannequin is pretty awesome.

After the rehearsal, I zoomed over to a meeting with this really fun lady and then to a super great meeting with a few people from this company. And THEN, I got really hungry.

Check out these incredible eats from the RFD Bakery in Santa Monica:


Positively Pistachio Salad

Thai Coconut Yam Soup. Dee-LISH.

Ok, but listen to this. Later that night, I met some friends at The W Hotel in Hollywood. Just to illustrate my peasant-ness, I first of all, didn't know what "The W" was and second of all, didn't bring any cash for parking and was thus, forced to park at "The W" itself because they were the only place that would take a card. After surveying the Bugattis, Porsches and Ferraris on my way into the valet area, I suddenly realized that my ratty Jeep with bird turds all over the window and mile high food wrappers in the front seat was SO not worthy. But all I could do was hold my breath and hand over the keys to the valet guy.

After using the restroom in the lobby, I stiffed the bathroom maid, because I did not know that there was such a thing as a bathroom maid who hands you a paper towel and takes tips. Thanks, but I can pull my own paper towel from the dispenser. Apparently, there are people who need help with that task.

(The lobby of The W)

My friends and I walked over to the Palladium where we were special guests of Kaskade. I have a few songs on Kaskade's new album Dynasty, so I wanted to see him in action. This DJ has some incredibly loyal fans if he's selling out the Palladium two nights in a row.

This is Finn Bjarnson and his cute wife, Tracy. Finn produces Kaskade's albums and I must say, it's a lot of fun to record with him.

And while, I was something of a fish out of water in this atmosphere, it was maybe a little bit exciting to see 4,000 people dancing to one of my songs. But I'm not much of a party girl, so I soon excused myself and went back to Hotel Astro Turf to sack out.

But wait. The valet can't find my car, so I wait there for 45 minutes. How can they miss it? Bird turds, remember? Meanwhile, I stare at the shiny cars in the VIP parking.

And the web of lights hanging up above me. And I think about who I am. About what my purpose is. Am I making a difference in this world? And then my car comes and I can't get back to Hotel Astro Turf quickly enough.


  1. Oh good! There really are others who don't know how things work at all these nice hotels and restaurants. My sis and I felt like such clutzes the one week we stayed in LA. Didn't (and still don't) have a clue how things work, so much so that we had our car parked and didn't dare get it out until we left--ha! But we sure do have a good laugh about it now.

  2. Thanks for a great post.
    I think a jeep is a pretty hot Mom car.

  3. Before the end of time, we simply must take a road trip together.

  4. Whoa!!! Finn Bjarnson was one of my neighbors where I grew up! His little sister Soffia was one of my best friends :D Cool!

  5. Mindy,
    You don't know me, and I don't know you. But this I do know.... I LOVE your music and thank you so much for creating it. I am a little LDS las living in Australia and I tell people about your new album every chance that I get. Thank you for sharing your gift. I send happiness to your vocal chords as you travel around loving everyone with your tunes. The next time I am in the USA I am going to try and catch a show of yours.

    Love and light to you!

    Kelly xx

  6. It's funny. I give them hugs when they hand me towels. That's my tip. Some look at me crazy, others laugh... that is the best tip of all. Try it next time :) I'm a big fan. Thank you for your inspiring songs. My poor boyfriend almost knows all the words to Anchor.