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Mar 11, 2018 – Heading For Hong Kong

Heading for Hong Kong. That is simply surreal.

I need to be on the Queen Mary 2 for my first gig on March 31. I’ve accepted a sideman position, replacing a long-time pianist who needs a medical leave. So, instead of the ballroom gig on the Queen Elizabeth from April 20 through June 10, I’m in the theatre of the Queen Mary 2 from March 31 through July 6. (I’m still playing from August 10 through November 14.)

It happened quickly. So did meetings, email, and calls to rearrange my schedule, sending regrets. The university will work to make a smooth transition. My church will allow me to schedule substitutes. One of my bands will have its former pianist/founder sub for me – as he is in improved health, it’s a win-win situation. Another band feels that I am “unreliable,” an inaccurate perception which I cannot change nor control – my assumption is that we have or will part ways.

Things changed in a matter of four days.

And now, with the advent of a potential renter/house-sitter, I have but five days to set the house to full functionality and another ten to pack everything and move my wife back to her cottage. I am making lists, making calls, and losing what’s left of my mind.

I could not do this without the support of my wife and my boys. While it is far from optimal for us, we’ve got this and will make it work. Today was install-and-test-Skype day. Tomorrow, meet-with-department-chair/clean-second-story day. Next is tailor (additional gig and ship wardrobe)/clean-first-story/dump day. There will be cleaning, scrubbing, and boxing to follow. Not fun, but necessary.

More will follow. My new itinerary is below. Simply surreal.

  • Sat 3/31 – Thu 4/19, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Hong Kong
    • Nah Trang, Vietnam
    • Singapore
    • Port Klang, Malaysia
    • Penang, Malaysia
    • Langkwai, Malaysia
    • Phuket, Thailand
    • Colombo, Sri Lanka
    • Kochi, India
    • Muscat, Oman
    • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Thu 4/19 – Thu 5/10, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Aqaba, Jordan
    • Port Said, Egypt
    • Suez, Egypt
    • Suez Canal, Egypt
    • Limassol, Cyprus
    • Messina Strait, Italy
    • Naples, Italy
    • Civitavecchia, Italy
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • Cadiz, Spain
    • Southampton, England
  • Thu 5/17 – Sun 5/27, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • Le Havre, France
    • Hamburg, Germany
  • Fri 6/1 – Sun 6/17, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • Southampton, England
    • New York, NY, USA
    • Southampton, England
  • Sun 6/17 – Sun 6/24, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • Bergen, Norway
    • Alesund, Norway
    • Aurlandsfjorden, Norway
    • Flam, Norway
    • Sognefjord, Norway
    • Stavanger, Norway
    • Southampton, England
  • Sun 6/24 – Fri 7/6, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • New York, NY, USA
    • St. John’s, NB, Canada
    • Boston, MA, USA
    • New York, NY, USA
  • Fri 8/10 – Sun 8/19, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • Elsinore, Denmark
    • Oslo, Norway
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • Southampton, England
  • Sun 8/19 – Sun 9/2, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • New York, NY, USA
    • Southampton, England
  • Sun 9/2 – Sun 9/16, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • New York, NY, USA
    • Southampton, England
  • Sun 9/16 – Sun 10/14, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • New York, NY, USA
    • Rockland, ME, USA
    • Corner Brook, NL, Canada
    • Sept Iles, QC, Canada
    • Quebec, QC, Canada
    • Saugenay, QC, Canada
    • Sydney, NS, Canada
    • Halifax, NS, Canada
    • New York, NY, USA
    • Southampton, England
  • Mon 10/15 – Thu 11/1, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Elizabeth (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • Cadiz, Spain
    • Messina Strait, Italy
    • Messina, Italy
    • Venice, Italy
    • Hvar, Croatia
    • Dubrovnik, Croatia
    • Messina Strait, Italy
    • Cagliari, Italy
    • Gibraltar, Spain
    • Southampton, England
  • Thu 11/1 – Wed 11/14, Pianist, Royal Court Theatre, RMS Queen Elizabeth (Cunard Line):
    • Southampton, England
    • Lanzarote, Spain
    • Gran Canaria, Spain
    • Tenerife, Spain
    • La Palma, Spain
    • Madeira, Portugal
    • Vigo, Portugal
    • Southampton, England

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