US Road Trip 1
Road Less Travelled – US Road Trip Part 1
On August 8th, 2019, I went on a solo adventure following in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac’s book ‘Big Sur’. My mission – to heal a broken heart by connecting with as many strangers as possible and saying yes to life. Choosing a path of love not fear. And to maybe write a song or two on the way.
I travelled with a miniature guitar, a suitcase on wheels and blind faith I’d make it home. In 20 days, I travelled 2400 miles on the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco then drove 1700 miles around California. The first song appeared in Heathrow departure lounge and continued over the Atlantic all the way to Chicago. After that, songs came in San Francisco, Carmel, Yosemite, Sequoia and Big Sur. Each day – each new song – I shared on social media. I’d never felt so prolific, so naked, and so wide awake.
It was a life-changing experience full of the kindness of strangers, of connection, enlightenment, synchronicity and inspiration – a journey from fear to courage, loneliness to alone-ness.
When I returned home, I vowed I’d make it into an album and book to share with people. For those needing reassurance that love and magic is out there, if we go looking for it. And if we believe in the goodness in people, anything is possible.
Live. Love. Life.
The Road Less Travelled film is a snapshot of my first few days travelling, and is the story behind ‘Home Is Your Shoulder’.
This song began on day 6, in Fort Mason Park after visiting Alcatraz in the morning and was finished next day at Fort Point. It was recorded in lockdown and features Bonnie Raitt bassist James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on bass.
Space Race Studios kindly allowed us to use their footage of the empty streets of San Francisco in lockdown and features the beautiful mural of Greta Thunberg, created by Argentinian street artist Andres Petreselli.
Both the video and accompanying film were created by my sister, Samantha Elmhirst.