A long return drive south and strait into soundcheck.
I have been on the road with Andrea working for Sanday Agency to help get me around Italy. Now normally I drive myself about and Sleep in a tour van. However thanks to this being an agency backed tour I’m lucky that Andrea is driving me and for my accommodation I was housed in a nice hotel.
Anyway upon arrival at the venue we discover the venue has a piano. Andrea aswell as driving and helping me is also a great musician and we rehearse as a duo for one tune with Andrea playing a Piano at the venue.
We run the tune This College Year in a acoustic setting.
The venue was a nice space and the locals were generally very supportive. However when I played the track ‘Ons’ I looked out to the audience bearing in mind the layout of the venue ment that there was very little space near to the stage for seating. And the table that was closest to the stage was occupied by a bunch of people who were sat not watching the show but instead were all looking at facebook on their phones. Now this just simply makes me sad that it seems common place now for a phone to always be competing for attention even during times when people are watching a concert. For all I know they were telling people about my performance. But it simply does nothing to make a performer feel good about the show.
I mentioned this into the mic after the show and was pleased to have some audience members applaud me when I expressed my disapproval of this screen invasion we seem to be embracing as a modern society round the globe.
It simply is no ones fault and just a result of the changing of the times. It’s also f**king irritating.
Phew – Rant over.
Frustrations aside the performance was a spontaneous one with songs like ‘Blind Faith’ and ‘Misfit Theatre’ added to the set with only a moments forethought.
Before Your Very Eyes (Atoms For Peace Cover)