The above photo is my view from the stage of the Voyager Of The Seas theatre prior to showtime and the view from the deck as the sun set on show day.
I've been onboard the Radiance Of The Seas now since February 16th and my show night is tomorrow night February 19th. Tonight I'll have a school night and get to bed early. Tomorrow I'll have about a 30-45 minute rehearsal with the band at 4:15pm and then come back to the cabin to shower and get ready for showtime at 7:15pm and 9:15pm. It's always fun working with a new band and establishing how they and I like to work, getting to know each other and taking the musicians through the show etc. The band received my music today and will have it a ready to go tomorrow night for showtime. The bands on the ships vary in size depending on the cruise line. They all have Drums, Bass and Piano. Most also have a guitarist and a number of horns be it one trumpet or up to six horns. The more the better for me!
I can't wait to get home in a couple of weeks and finish my album! All of the instruments have been recorded and it's just time to finish off the vocal recording and then mixing and mastering.
In other news I've booked my first club gig in Australia. I'll be playing St George Leagues Club, Sydney, November 24 at 12:30pm. Planning forward into 2015 I'm going to try to do more and more land work to blend with cruises and be able to spend some more time in Newcastle and Australia, watch this space!
I recently uploaded a live version of "I Wanna Be Like You" to youtube, click the button below to check it out!