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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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For all of the travel and hours yesterday, having been awake for over 18 hours by the time I got back to my room, I still wasn’t ready to call it a day and found myself puttering around until 4 in the morning.  Why I’d wake up a 9 is beyond me but there you have it.  This hotel is gym-less so I spent a very leisurely morning and early afternoon doing as little a possible.

 

I have been practicing my charrango, the Peruvian instrument that was given to me by Brazilian guitarist Sergio Diab while we were in Rome.  It’s a wonderful sounding instrument and I’m beginning to make a little headway with it.  By the way, Sergio has his own album of instrumental guitar music.  You can find out more about Sergio and his music here:  www.sergiodiab.com.br

 

We departed Salamanca late in the afternoon for a one hour flight to Seville where the temperatures are no longer mild but what you’d expect in Spain in July… hot.  We’ve had a reprieve the last couple of days with very mild weather back in the Pyrenees and yesterdays show in Avila when most wore t-shirts beneath their stage shirts.  That’s now behind us.  Seville was in the 90s today.

 

It was a 10:30 show tonight and we arrived around 6.  A long time to kill at the venue.  It’s known as a “power hang”.  Mercifully the dressing rooms were air conditioned and on this tour we now have the luxury of a “Quiet Room”.  Self explanatory.  I went into the quiet room which was massively air conditioned and promptly laid down for a nap on the couch.  Followed by dinner at 7:30, a meet and greet at 9 and by golly we STILL had an hour and 15 minutes before we took the stage.  

 

We finally got in the wings ready to go on and i realised the right side of my in ear monitors had packed it in.  So the first couple of songs were soldiered through on my part.  Before the third song I was able to switch ear pieces to my old set from the previous tour which took quite a bit of getting used to.  Anyway it was a bit of a struggle for the first half of the show on my part but nothing too bad.  We played to 5,000+ vocal Sevilla fans and it’s great to see this band, on the last week of the tour, playing as if it was the very first show.  Mark playing great again tonight.

 

A runner to the Legacy and an hour flight in to Lisbon where we’ll base for the next few days.  It will be nice to stay in one place for this next couple of shows.

 

So long,

 

 

Richard