At Eclecta, we pride ourselves on giving seamless performances to our audiences. However, this doesn’t always mean things run 100% smoothly behind the scenes. Inevitable, we’ll run into the occasional bump in the road that requires a lot of teamwork, grit, and tenacity, like last night in Carmel Valley.

Bernardus Lodge and Spa
Bernardus Lodge and Spa

We had the opportunity to play a gorgeous evening at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa in Carmel Valley. We stayed extra late for the performance, meaning that by the time we arrived at our cars, it was around 11PM…and Shaina had a flat tire.

After five hours of playing, the thought of changing the tire and then driving home on a spare was enough to make everyone want to cry. Instead, we started problem solving. Sarah and Christy ran back to the lodge to recruit two strangers to help us switch the tire, who leapt into action (below).

Flat Tire at Midnight
Strangers Changing Shaina’s Flat Tire

We brought out trail mix, chocolate, and all other food at our side. We found flashlights, figured out different arrangements for all our equipment and gear, and stuck by each other until we could all drive home safely. It was a great reminder that we work with amazingly intelligent and compassionate women, and that good teamwork makes all the difference in the world!

Post-performance and pre-tire change
After the performance


As a collective of musicians, women, and friends, the members of Eclecta Quartet have struggled to put words to the past couple of months. It’s no surprise, then, that we found our voice through music – and from there, the inspiration for our first-ever official music video.

This video is dedicated to the organizations, communities, and individuals who have helped us find courage, compassion, and inspiration; to the incredible musicians and artists who remind us that we play a part in real change; and to everyone that needs a reminder that we are strong and resilient. For as long as we march together, we are unstoppable.