June 18, 2021 - Homer, Alaska

I’ve tried about fifteen different ways to write about my journey to Alaska to perform the Odyssey in Homer. No words seem to capture how emotional it was to be back on the road after sixteen months of Zoom performances, no conceit comes close to conveying the overwhelming beauty and intensity I experienced over the course of the four plus days I wandered the long Alaskan daylight from Anchorage to Homer and back. 

The performance is documented HERE as part of a radio broadcast. I used the occasion to do something I’ve never done before in the 327 previous performances of my piece: pause between songs and introduce an element of narrative and context through improvised spoken word passages.  It was exhilarating, terrifying, and gratifying all at once, which I guess is what performing should be. Overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out. It felt raw, real, and human, which are aspects of Greek epic I very much seek to emulate. 

In place of more insufficient musings, here’s a photo journal of my Alaskan Odyssey.

Alaska from the air

Anchorage

Anchorage

Anchorage
On the road

On the road

The tunnel to Whittier

Whittier
Whittier

Whittier

Moose Pass
Moose Pass

Moose Pass

Moose Pass

Moose Pass

near Homer
Homer in Homer

Bunnell Arts in Homer

Bunnell Arts in Homer

Bunnell Arts

Pre-show

Waiting for radio

In action

The signs are everywhere

Exploring Homer

The Homer Spit
The Homer Spit

The Homer Spit

The Homer Spit

The Homer Spit

The Homer Spit

The Homer Spit

The last night in Homer

Sunset in Homer

Sunset in Homer

The running path on the Spit

The Homer Spit
The Homer Spit

The signs were everywhere

The Homer Spit

The Homer Spit

On the road back to Anchorage

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