We Used to Be From Santa Barbara, but Now We're From Everywhere
Today another (shorter, mellower) chapter of Honey White has come to an end: the Fabulous Feddersons will exit, stage right. Yep, Billy and his wife Marika leave for Colorado in a week. As some of you may know, Billy is Honey White's drummer, and Marika became our utility player when HW reconvened in 2010 after a three-year hiatus. Emily, Bryn and I drove up to Santa Barbara to have a nice Los Agaves picnic-dinner with Billy, Marika, and her brother Mikey.
Marika is going to grad school in Boulder to become an International CPA of Mystery, and Billy will continue his genius-mechanic gig with Audi (he of course knows Boulder well from his days at school there and more). Now that they're in a (relatively) central location, any future HW reunion-jams may have to happen a mile high instead of at sea level.
Since we all felt a bit rusty, there was no send-off jam session today like when Brian took off for D.C. and Germany a little over five years ago (which caused Honey White's first, three-year hiatus)—just a good time with good friends and good food.
We hadn't played much lately; the hiatus-snapping, casual full-band-plus-Marika rehearsals in November/December 2010 were followed up a year later, without Bryn but with Brian's fiancée Rebekah, for similar low-key noise-making. I did manage to cobble together a quickie, digital-only E.P. of the best new stuff from those 2010 dates, (erroneously and hilariously) titling it "Corcoran" and releasing it quietly in April 2011:
Things actually ended up a bit like the last few years of HW before our original hiatus; we had one gig and a handful of rehearsals in 2006, and then two final jam sessions in May 2007. Come to think of it, the last few months of the Mojo Wire in 2001 were a bit like that too. Yikes.
Like I said, we didn't make music together as much as we probably should have in recent years, but there's no reason for that other than we're all big kids now and I guess it was just harder to make things happen—but when we did all come together, it was extra special because of that.
Now no Honey Whiters will remain in Santa Barbara, the city of our formation—but now we will truly be what our bio states: "We used to be from Santa Barbara, but now we're from everywhere."