Friday, January 27, 2012

Sisters On the Road

Welcome to the "Girl on the Road Blog". For those of you visiting for the first time, I'm Meg, Dia's older sister. I am playing guitar and singing back up vocals for her on the "Blake Shelton" Tour. In other words: I am witness to ALL the CRAZY shenanigans that happen on tour! Dia's a busy girl, so when she doesn't have time to write blogs or take pictures, I happily offer to fill in. Enjoy!I

rack my brain for the lyrics of the one song that seems to sift right through my mind every time Carlo plays the first chord. Dia turns to face the audience with a mischievous grin after sipping from a water bottle in between songs. 

"I also play in a band with my sister Meg called 'Meg and Dia'." The spotlight blinds me after that sentence. (After the 3rd time it happened, I figured out when to shield my eyes.) "We wrote a record awhile back called "Cocoon". We never had the chance to play songs from the record on tour. So today we are going to sing for you guys a song from "Cocoon" called "Bandits". It's about these two criminals on the run…who will never run away from each other, even if they are doomed to keep running." Pause for effect. She continues, "I'm bandit number one!" A slight theatrical bow from the waist. "And I'm bandit number two!" I shout out into the audience, a giant smile spreads across my face to mask my impending terror. The time is coming for me to sing my lines in between hers…alone.

She begins to sing. I sing my line. She sings hers. The song is coming along quite swimmingly. Usually I have my smart phone hidden on my keyboard to read lyrics if I need them. (I'm cheating. I know.) But this time I was on my own. 

The chorus rolls around. Easy enough. Harmonies never freak me out. All I do is listen to Dia's breath and inflections before she sings a word, and I can usually figure out the lyrics. This on-stage method I use is the closest we will ever come to sisterly intuition.

Second Verse. She sings her line. 

And I've… got …NOTHING!

No words. Just silence. My heart is beating like race horse. I can't find any clues. So what do I do? I grin like a mad woman, and shake my tambourine like my behind is on fire. I believe I pulled out a "Ashley Simpson" dance like she did on that t.v. show when she had her little "moment". Dia just stared at me with those big brown eyes that grew more enormous with each missing word. 

Then she started giggling, gave me a light smack on the back of my head, and finished the lyrics for me. 

After that we could barely muster to correctly pronounce the rest of the lyrics in between muffled laughter. The song is a very serious song. In fact, "Bandit's" is the only song Dia has ever written that made me cry when I heard it the first time. So, our performance must have been pretty "interesting" to watch that night.

Dia didn't even bring up my "slip-up" after the show. I did. All she said, through an eruption of laughter once again, "Yeah! What was that?

Our funny moments. Our "mistakes". Our continued "support" for one another. Those are the things I love about our sisterhood.

Party in the tour bus bunks!


I feel incredibly guilty even assuming for a second that she would choose another, "better", "shredding" guitar player to back her up once her career exploded. I should have never doubted that girl.

The other morning, she didn't know I was reading a book in my bunk with the curtain closed while she had a conversation with our tour manager. 

"So Mac make-up is coming to do a makeover on you girls. They should be on the tour bus around 5:00 p.m. They'll give you 20 items, and they will also throw in 10 for Meg."

"No." Dia said without even skipping a beat, "15 and 15".

Honestly,
Meg

P.S. "Cocoon" can be found HERE

P.P.S. As for the question: "Do we steal each other's boyfriends or do each others hair for date night?" I'll let you figure that one out;)

42 comments:

  1. Both you girls are so inspiring. It's neat to see how 'real' you two are, and how kind

    By the way Meg, you have killer writing skills. I'm fairly jealous.

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  2. Nashville show right? I watched it on Livestream. To tell you the truth, I didn't even realize the slip up during the performance. Regardless, it was awesome to hear these songs I've been listening to on my iPod performed live.

    By the way, you guys do not look shy on stage at all. I was really surprised with Dia, because that wasn't the Dia I remember from "The Voice." Her voice was amazing as always, but she looked a lot more calm and carefree on stage. She was great with the audience, and personally my favorite part was when she was singing to Daniel, lol.

    Overall, you guys looked like you were having lots of fun performing. Personally, I want to hear more of your voice. You should upload more YouTube videos. I'm a fairly new fan so when I heard you singing on "Bandits" I was like "Whoa, she can sing too?" lol.

    Good luck with the rest of the tour! I'm going to try to catch the show in Chicago.

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    1. When Daniel came onstage that was my favorite part too:)

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    2. To tell you the truth, "Bandits" was so seamless, I also didn't realize there had been a slip-up, and I've watched the show on Livestream several times. I was just enjoying the performance so much and into the fun you two had that I didn't notice anything "wrong" at all. I don't expect live concerts to sound exactly the same as the studio-recorded version, because that's what makes the live version interesting every time.

      I'm amazed that not only did Meg sing, she played electric & acoustic guitars, piano, synthesizer, maracas, tamborine, drum...was waiting for her to roll out the fiddle, tuba, etc. :-)

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  3. That last bit about the "15 and 15" makes me smile. What a great sister you have :)

    I hope stealing boyfriends isn't true... I had this nightmare about this happening with my sister, and it would not be cool with me if that happened in real life!

    Oh, and I also caught the nashville stream online- you look like you're having so much fun on stage meg :)

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    1. Ha ha. I would not be o.k. with it either! We actually have kind of different taste in men, so we don't have to worry about that;)

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  4. Haha o well on stage mess ups just make you seem more real, which is one thing I love about you guys :)
    It must be nice playing in a band with someone your so close to!
    "15 and 15"? Awww so sweet...

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  5. Oh my goodness!.. This posting made me tear up a little bit. I love the deep caring and loving relationship you have with your sister. I used to have the same with my own sis, but somehow it's fallen apart. I keep trying to ask and find out what's wrong or what had happened...but she's totally shut off from me. It really breaks my heart.

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    1. Dia and I have had our rough patches. Maybe things will turn around for you two. Whenever Dia and I have had struggles, I realized it was usually a weakness that I had to work on in myself. Give it time...

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  6. Meg, why don't you just look at the lyrics on a computer or something? There is nothing wrong with looking at the lyrics. BTW how is the mini Korg treating ya?

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    1. No, I have to at least PRETEND to be professional. Ha ha! The korg is pretty sweet. Stopped playing it for the Blake shows though. Dia swapped out "Walk Away" for "Don't Kick the Chair". I like playing "Walk Away" better. Now my setup is a lot easier for our techs.

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    2. There is noting unprofessional about looking at the lyrics, using your phone is more unprofessional. ha ha

      :( that sux, it really looked like you were having fun playing Walk Away in Nashville.

      Keep on rocking :)

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  7. Thanks for writing with so much honesty Meg. It's such a pleasure to read your blog each time and it never fails to make me smile. The relationship you have with Dia is so sweet and endearing...I'm not sure if I could spend that much time with my sisters!

    And it would be awesome if you played a song from "Cocoon" again for some of your upcoming shows, particularly March 18 in LA (hint hint) :D

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    1. We will definitely play songs from Cocoon for the L.A.! (which I am SO looking forward to btw!)

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    4. I just got 2x as excited! So stoked for the 18th!

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  8. I love reading your blogs! It makes me feel like a bystander peeking my head in behind a curtain to find a totally different world. I admire and adore you and Dia's relationship. It's really awesome to see two sisters being able to spend months at a time together all day and not fight or anything along those lines. I've always wanted a relationship like that with my sister. Is it weird that this post made me tear up from adorableness? :D

    Can't wait to see you guys for the SECOND time in Chicago! It would be a dream come true to meet you after the show :)

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  9. Haha, I love seeing how great sisters you two are.

    My heart kind of stopped when you said you forgot the lyrics xD

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  10. I loved this post!!! It's okay that you forgot your line, I don't think I would've made it through the first verse! I always choke up when I'm in front of a lot of people...

    These are the blogs I love! The casual, humourous ones about the band...

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  11. I watched the Livestream from Nashville. Thanks so much for broadcasting that! I got see the connection with you and your sister on stage and it was really endearing. When you missed your cue, it just added to the fun! After the concert was over, I just wanted more.
    I was able to take note of your "moves" that you have been working on during your performance of the dancier songs. I have to say when you sway on stage with your guitar and when you shift your weight from one knee to the other on the keys, it is very captivating. Even the camera man was focusing on you. Just wanted to give you positive, respectful feedback on that in case you were concerned about what you may look like to the audience. Yow.
    One thing I learned watching this concert is if Dia calls for any Daniels in the room I need to raise my hand. How awesome was that? I don't think that was too punishing. I suspect that you will have at least a hundred hands going up at the next venue.

    Thanks for keeping up with the fans.

    Daniel...uh...I mean Tim

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  12. I can't wait for the Troubadour! "Red" and "Be Careful, I Love You, Stay In Touch," well of course "Cocoon" as well dominate that "Top 25 most played" list on my computer. I always enjoy these blogs so very much!
    - Cameron

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  13. Aww, that last bit about the makeup made my heart smile. You two are the best!
    And pretty sure I'll be at the Troubadour show in LA, can't wait to see you guys. :) I'm thinking a lot of other boardies will be there too, get ready for a pumped audience!

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    1. Kalli! I will be there for sure-- it'd be awesome to run into you!!!

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    2. I would love to! But I just found out today that the tickets have already been sold out and I still need two of them. I don't know what to do : ( Do you happen to know of anyone who bought tickets but can't make the show?

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  14. I think it was very brave for you to admit that you were afraid that you might have been replaced--and it sounds so very human and relatable. So thank you for sharing that. =] And I'm so glad to see that the two of you stick up for each other like that. <3

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  15. i hope you guys play some meg & did songs at the L.A show!! My Ugly Mouth would be nice :D

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  16. haha yeah. i realised you sang, 'they bound our bands with metal hands'. I cracked up during the livestream. Im in love with all your slip-ups :-)

    -much love from Malaysia !

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    1. Oh no! You noticed that one too! haha

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    2. Haha! I remember that from the livestream too! I recall thinking, "Bands? metal hands? Wait a sec..." Don't worry though Meg, your guys's imperfections are what endear us even more to you.

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  17. You two are insanely adorable. It's insane. I think that's what has always made you two so infectious-- not only was the music you two created always beautiful, but your sisterhood was always so inspiring to see. There's nothing like bringing your sister along with you on a tour... I'm so glad Dia's tried so very hard to keep Meg & Dia intact. You guys are her rock. Keep going on! I can't wait to see you guys March 18th at the Troubadour! I can't wait to see that tapped Meg & Dia catalogue!

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  18. If a concert for you guys is first come first serve, and the doors open at 6 what time should I be there to get front row??!!

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  19. Hmmm... I think if you got there at 6 you should be fine. When I go to concerts, I "politely" move people aside to let me through. ha ha!

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    1. Do you think the concerts without Blake are less crowded?

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  20. It happens. U2 was requested to play "Angel of Harlem" at one of their concerts, and it had been so many years since they played it, they forgot parts of it as well. A classmate of mine went to a Dallas concert of theirs not long after and held up a sign that said something like "Play Angel of Harlem - here's lyrics" (and he pasted the song). Bono saw it and jovially called him out on it and asked if he could play it. When he said "yes," Bono invited him on stage, and this guy really rocked it out (especially for an amateur). I wouldn't have believed his story, but someone posted a YouTube video of it. Anyway, the point is that if veterans with decades of touring experience can forget chords/lyrics on-stage, why not the younger set? Plus, something cool can come of it when you take it in stride.

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  21. The joys and struggles of having a sibling is something I've never had and have always felt rather somber about missing out on it. When I was a kid and I heard my classmates complain about their various tribulations that came with having a sibling and told me how "lucky" I was to be an only child, I couldn't help but laugh silently to myself and think, "You have no idea how much I would love to trade the hours I spend by myself wishing for someone to talk to for a sibling I could hardly stand."

    Even now I would gladly give up half the space in my already overly-cramped room for a brother or sister to laugh with at night and have someone to share the many experiences that life sends my way. So I hope that both you and Dia know just how lucky you are to have one another. But since it is plain to see just how much you two love each other, it is obvious that you already know and don't need a reminder from me ha ha. However, for those days when you do wish you had one less sister in your family, just remember there is an only-child out there, somewhere, trying to make the world's largest Lego tower and really wished he had someone to help hold it up haha.

    (Since you two are singing "Bandits" together, I thought this quote might fit nicely as a conclusion to this comment:


    "She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child." -Barbara Alpert)

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  22. That thing about the makeup is so cute :)

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  23. I love this post Meg! Sisters are a great thing to have, and I'm glad you and Dia have such a great relationship! :)

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  24. This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing it.

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