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Apr 16, 2018 – Battlefield Promotion

Battlefield promotion – and/or a pianist needed a floating gig.

Come to find out, my agency in Montreal submitted my Bermuda seaman’s book application on February 22. And these can take a year to arrive.

As South Africa requires it, I can’t get on there. And as the Queen Elizabeth sails up the bulging western coast of Africa  it gets further from the Queen Mary 2 (with many more days  at sea from Dubai to Jordan).

My music director and Carnival’s solution – keep me on board. I will be a solo pianist until May 5. Looks like I’ll disembark at Civitavecchia, Italy, take a train to the airport in Rome, fly to Southampton, England, and board the Queen Elizabeth early on May 10.

I can barely keep up with it all.

I’ll probably play 3 sets a day. No set rehearsal, but continued practice (I’m at 3 hours a day, right now).

It’s nice to know that they feel that I have the chops to do this.

With David Copperfield in our theatre, our group of musicians have other venues. 15 Sunday was one jazz trio set, performing in the Queen’s Room for the club of frequent travelers. 16 Monday had the entire group again performing two Dixieland sets in Deck 7’s Carinthian Lounge.

Today was our shipwreck pirate drill. And, until we reach Aqaba, Jordan, the portholes are closed, shades drawn at night, and outdoor lights turned off. Armed guards, too. The real deal.

We’ll be back in the theatre tonight , playing a split set with the opera duo and saxophone soloist.

Thank goodness for coffee.

11 Comments

  1. Susan Anderson

    Well, at least THAT’S settled. And hopefully no more antacids required. Maybe you will have a chance to finally watch the movie 1900 if you have access to the DVD. Or perhaps, “A Star Is Born” is more appropriate:-)

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    1. Kent Baker (Post author)

      Nothing is carved in stone, all is subject to change – just the nature of the beast, so I’m learning. While there is a large DVD library, practicing fills out my day, for now. No stardom, lol – simply grateful for the work.

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      1. Susan Anderson

        And I am grateful to know a talented artist who is actively pursuing, perfecting, practicing, and sharing their God-given gift with the world.(Insert Thumbs Up, Smiley Face, Cruise Ship, Globe, and Musical Notes emojis here). Oh, and the rainbow one too:-)

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        1. Yolanda Baker

          Yes, Susan, my husband is an amazingly talented man. I’m looking forward to his safe return

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          1. Kent Baker (Post author)

            Well, me, too. Just floating along, for now. 🙂

        2. Kent Baker (Post author)

          Thanks. Doing what I enjoy, making a living. If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

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  2. Raymond

    “Take things always by the smooth handle”
    T. J.
    Maybe it’s why the previous pianists lost their stamina.
    Well I believe they’ve met their match! Stay fit and don’t take any wooden nickels along the way! Tell your agency they better take extra care of you!! And tell them that we all here in VT said so!!

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    1. Kent Baker (Post author)

      Thanks, Raymond. It’s great to know that my music director, cruise line, and agency have me on their radar and are looking out for what’s mutually best. Happy and relieved.

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  3. Bob Carroll

    Copperfield?

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    1. Kent Baker (Post author)

      So they say. Didn’t cross paths.

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    2. Kent Baker (Post author)

      Bob, come to find out, this is the British comedian, not the American illusionist. But I’m still thinking of you!

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