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Contrary Cocktail

Moderne Shellac, 2015

Contrary Cocktail

A hypnotic blend of rhythms, landscapes, tones, colors, styles and moods, with melodies leading the way to certain places that only songs without words can go.

-- Pieta Brown, 2015

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I opened my eyes amazed it was 11:30 in the morning and I’d slept straight through.  I slowly made my way to the surface helped along with a couple of cups of coffee and a shower.  Made it out to the streets of Copenhagen around 1.  Walked all up and down the Nyhavn (New Port) along the canal with it’s rows of restaurants, bars and tourist boats.  It was established in the 1670’s and was the centre of the trade, shipping industry as well as the where the fisherman would unload their daily catch.  It now clearly caters to the tourist trade.  Kept walking and walking and found a quite back street with an outdoor cafe-bar that still served omelettes and coffee at 2 in the afternoon.  A ham and cheese omelette with a cafe au lait, salad and bread, a perfect way to begin any day even if it is at 2 o’clock.

 

Tonight’s show was another outdoor at the famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.  It’s an amusement park that opened in August of 1842 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world with roller coasters, ferris wheels and other devices of torture along with restaurants and a hotel.  Because of the unusual set up we again didn’t have our own catering and relied on the hotel at the Tivoli for dinner.  It was very good.  I had a lobster and steak with loads of side dishes, vegetables and chips and dessert.  One of the best steaks I’ve had.

 

The dressing rooms were underneath the stage.  By the time we’d had dinner and arrived under the stage it was only an hour before show time… really just enough to warm up, change and hit the boards.

 

Another chilly evening but not as bad as some of the others.  Some of the guys had technical problems as well as fighting the chill but it was a good show over all and I had a great time as did all the people who were attending.

 

A quick hop back to the hotel bar for a nightcap.  Tomorrow is a day off here in Copenhagen and I plan to get back out in it.

 

So long,

 

 

Richard