After much planning ,changing of those plans ,re-packing and decisions beyond my control ,we have passed through the Swiss border . Talk of searches,fines ,merchandise tax, smuggling and such have luckily not materialised and we sail past the border guards on the beautifully sunny day .
I started the journey with an early morning Jazz woodbine .These days this treat is usually reserved for the odd evening or for purely inspirational purposes .Today,as we move very slowly through the German traffic I am indeed inspired ,but today it’s not lyrics or music that are flowing from my mind- It’s ideas for the new Pledge campaign. As some of you may know -I like to wear a hat (except in bed )-right now,I have to wear several at the same time ….
Musical and lyrical Inspiration has been flowing over recent months though so the actual creation process of this bunch of songs is going well .Now,we‘ve decided to go for it and raise the money ourselves .We’ve come up with some good ideas and we’re hoping to announce the new campaign next week .
We’ve been playing some of the new tunes live and their performance and audience reaction is proving to be invaluable to the process .I wish we could run a few more in soundchecks but there’s never any time. :—Today Mutti has asked us if we could cut down our usual allocated 10 minute services break to 5 !
Out of necessity ,we’re getting this down to a very fine art now–Like locusts ,we descend on the unsuspecting truck stop ,we think and move as one .The van is re-fuelled ,the coffee and sandwiches bought , the facilities utilised to optimum efficiency and before you can say Gusuntheit ,we’re sitting in traffic again. – We’re going to be late ….
No matter though.I have time to let my mind drift back to the last 2 gigs .Cologne and Essen . (more…)