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.