December has been a very busy month for gigs in the area. The weekly shows this month up in the Chisos mountains have gone very well and have also been well attended by international and domestic travelers. It also means that I was able to save some money this month, which I'll need since January is going to be real slow. One can learn from the vegetation out here how to be resourceful. In times when there are showers, we must open out pockets. And in droughts, we must hunker down and ration what we've caught.
It is a comforting thought that the money I make will trickle through my local community as I buy groceries, eat out at locally owned restaurants, buy hardware and building supplies, and hire help when needed. As a musician, I try to position myself in the right places at the right times, and where there might be an audience for what I do. These past couple weekends, after performing Fridays in the Chisos Mountain Lodge, I have ventured north to play at the Gage Hotel in Marathon on Saturdays. The Gage has a gourmet restaurant called the Cenizo, that I would never be able to afford if it wasn't part of my payment for services rendered. Being a vegetarian, the chef always makes me something special that is not on the menu. This time, he made me some fried asparagus tacos.