plus: Trying to get some noise ahead of our tour; finding gigs
It goes without saying that if we can create any buzz about the band before we get there, it will have a dramatic impact on our shows. If we get some people along who are already excited about seeing “PlanB” before they get there rather than just going to a venue to measure us against the best band they’ve ever seen there, then we’re a lot closer to converting them to fans.
In mid-July, 2012, my band (PlanB) is going to tour China – mainly Beijing and Shanghai. Mentioning this to various friends, family members work and musical colleagues has brought a wide range of reactions… Continue reading
Synchronicity – Noun: The simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
Serendipity – Noun: The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: “a fortunate stroke of serendipity”.
In addition to all the work around the upcoming PlanB tour of China in July, I’ve been working at developing my solo Continue reading
It’s been a while since my last instalment back in March 2011 when I was posting the last of the 2011 tour blogs. This intervening year and a half has been jam packed with Solo and PlanB goings on, so I’ll try to bring you up to speed as a lead-in to the next tour.
That’s right, the PlanB collection of Continue reading
Mon 17th Jan – Hoi-An
Now that the tour part was over and we Continue reading
Sun 16th Jan – Massage, Sheraton, Jazz Club
Aside:how your mind justifies things is quite funny sometimes. Because wages and excise on things like alcohol and cigarettes are typically quite low, things are very cheap, and you find yourself objecting to prices because you think someone might be taking more profit than they should. This is despite the fact that Continue reading
Fri 14th Jan – Gullivers Travels. Show at BuddhaAside: The way we interact with others is a very subtly learned skill. This came to me as I was walking along Bui Vien, the street our hotel was on, towards Stella’s. Even given the larger number of people, there seemed to be an unusually large number of times that I and the person walking towards me did the “this-way-that-way” dance. At first I thought it might be Continue reading
Wed 12th Jan – 5th day recording. All but two songs down. Visit to the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation
I was in recording for a half day today as Karen, Kayla and I had arranged to deliver some things to the Christina Noble Foundation, a foundation set up for local children. Kayla came with me to Continue reading
It was always going to be a tough ask; ten songs in 8 hours. Four hours in we had just finished the first one (Give it Away) and were starting on the second (So Saigon). I put down the main vocals and we called Walter, John, Dave and Rob in to do the backup vocals. I needed a rest and so sat at the piano (behind them) and directed from there. Once we got a combination of harmonies that sounded good and was reasonably balanced, they just needed to record it several times.
During one of these sessions I gazed at the shiny black keyboard lid of the piano. I could see Continue reading