The travel involved in being a touring musician might sound glamorous and exotic, but the reality is far more mundane.
Lake Effect's monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen explores the great nemesis of musicians everywhere – long-distance travel.
Cohen says it’s a little like being a gypsy.
"Just flying about all the time, never being in one place for very long, it's quite disorientating," he says. "It takes me several days to adjust to being somewhere new, and very rarely do I have that time."
And of course, where Cohen goes, his cello is there by his side. "I have it with me all the time, in fact, it never leaves my side. I need to wake up in the middle of the night and just look into the room and see the cello is there," he says.
Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and cellist for the Fine Arts Quartet.