today's strib offered a fine story on partnered musicians such as adam and sarah young of cloud cult, shown at left awaiting the tour bus in front of their minneapolis home.
as elsewhere, female labor force participation has risen among touring bands. and at least some of the parents are now bringing the kids to coachella. think about it: relative to the average nine-to-fiver, these parents get to spend a lot of time with their kids.
when i was a feature writer in the skinny-tie era, i didn't see many kids backstage. i once asked a musician about a song called tape my wife to the ceiling, which i assumed expressed some kink way beyond my comprehension. instead, he told me it was about wishing that everything at home could stay exactly as it is, while the band was doing the road thing -- after the tour, he just wanted to remove the tape, take the family down from the ceiling, and resume the good life he'd left. he knew the idea was ridiculous (hence the title), but mid-sized bands had few other good options for traveling with their families at the time. a decade or so later, alan and mimi (and superstars with greater resources, i'm sure) made family inclusiveness a pre-condition for touring.
it will take a generation or so to determine whether road life is actually good for kids, but i don't think they're suffering. if one judges by low and cloud cult, the music doesn't suffer either.