29 Jun

More gig chat…

The week was good. There was the trip to play piano for Kathryn in beautiful Paris on Monday, which got me obsessed with working on my piano playing (see previous blog entry), then a load of gigs, a 1,000 mile round trip in £500 of VW engineering from 1995, from Dunbar to Stamford to Soho, to Worthing and back, to play at the Voodoo Lounge, courtesy of Jo and Mark, thank you both. Then the next morning up at fuck knows when and into Soho to play during the Pride march. I haven’t been into Soho for a long time and it was really great to get some time to wander about and soak it up, then I sat down and played some piano and sang some songs whilst the final preparations were made and the music filtered out onto the streets. I spent much of the time as I played gazing out of the window and taking in the good vibes passing by. That was all before my official set. When it came to the set time it was great to chat, to play and fun to hack my way through some songs requested that I hadn’t rehearsed. I finished and was thankful to Pablo and Pete for helping me with my gear to the car before I set off south, through Elephant and Castle, through Brixton, buzzing with steel drums, people hanging out and the sound of drums, down through Streatham, where I used to live for a time, and onto the road to Brighton. The breeze blowing through my only functioning window…. That was a good feeling. And into Worthing where Pearle and Laurie sorted me out really nicely, thank you, and I played a load of tunes, chatted and in the early hours packed away and headed to my bed and breakfast on the coast. I got in, opened every window so I could hear the sea and fell asleep. Next morning it was up at 6 to drive home. The drive home is a joy. And home. Very much looking forward to the next run of gigs.

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