Campbell Youngblood-Petersen

NYC based Composer, Drummer, and Percussionist

Blood Witch Tour Day 2: Overcoming Adversity, Then Overcoming Some More

Beatrice you poor baby!  

Beatrice you poor baby!  

There's something about the human spirit that has the ability to persist. Some humans deal with it on larger scales: enduring through poverty, illness, hunger, and violence. In the west, it seems we are usually dealing with less life-threatening dramas, but I like to think we are all working with the same set of endurance tools. In the case of Vajra, we are definitely dealing with adversity on the "western" level. Our vehicle Beatrice is in some serious shit. I know next to nothing about cars, but apparently the rear differential is totally shot.

This is (apparently) the rear differential. I'm learning, I'm learning! 

This is (apparently) the rear differential. I'm learning, I'm learning! 

This challenge, combined with Winter Storm Jonas, is starting to add up in terms of setbacks on our tour thus far. Annamaria Pinna- vocalist and bandleader of Vajra- and my mother, would both chalk it up to Mercury being in retrograde through January 25th. It has obviously been very frustrating for everyone in the band, but I am continually impressed with their positivity and patience. Not only is the whole band in a relativity good mood, but people seem to actually be viewing the situation with an external perspective, even laughing at the absurdity of it all. Coincidentally, my aforementioned mother sent me a super relevant email about the Leo full moon on January 23rd. To quote lovedogdesign.com's Deborah O'Connor from the email:

 "Leo asks each of us to engage fully in this human drama, to find something humorous in the absurd, to plug into our (lioness-hearted) courage because the intensity of Pluto’s energy wave continues to help us see all the players for exactly what they are . . . and that includes the voices of the players within our own heads."

How cool is that! I mean look, I view astrology a bit like I view religion: agnostically. It seems like there's a good chance it's all a load of shit, but I'm always able to learn some helpful lessons from it. It definitely deals with some spiritual territory that feels deep and real. Who knows what's actually right?!.......but I digress. 

Picturesque river bend on the way out of Bloomsburg, PA

Picturesque river bend on the way out of Bloomsburg, PA

I think part of our toolbox in working through adversity is the understanding that things usually work out. In true form, life threw Vajra some fortune to go with our misfortune. Not only were we able to find mechanics who would look at our van immediately, they were also mechanics who took pride in their work, cared about the immediacy of our situation, and were able to find the exact part we needed within a few hours of looking. 

Here's the torn up rear differential, post-replacement 

Here's the torn up rear differential, post-replacement 

On top of the mechanics being awesome, we ended up spending the 8 hours we had to kill in the surprisingly charming little town of Bloomsburg, PA, home of Bloomsburg University. As I sat eavesdropping on a passionate professor and student discuss current politics and economics over coffee, I envisioned an interesting life lived out in Bloomsburg. There really are so many nooks and crannies in this country!

Fog & Flame had me right back in Brooklyn with its charming hipster vibes. And wifi. Mmmmmm wifi. 

Fog & Flame had me right back in Brooklyn with its charming hipster vibes. And wifi. Mmmmmm wifi. 

All that is to say, things definitely worked out, and could've been a lot worse. Yes, we were set back a day (and $1000) to repair Beatrice, but we're on the road now. To make up for even more lost time, we are literally driving 38 hours straight (fingers crossed) to Hollywood. Can't wait to express all of this frustration in music!

Thanks for reading, and check back tomorrow for more adventures from Vajra's Blood Witch Tour 2016!

It wouldn't be the end of a blog post without a sunset pic.  

It wouldn't be the end of a blog post without a sunset pic.  

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