Sunday, February 7, 2010

If you’ve watched my latest video blog you’ll know that unfortunately our musical director, John Randall, never made it to Ushuaia, Argentina to board the Regent Mariner.   His connection time in Buenos Aires was much too short and he had to clear customs etc., and missed his initial flight.   He was on standby for the next few flights but never got on and thus the ship set sail with “2 Men and a Baby Grand!”

After discussing the issue with the cruise director, he asked their lounge pianist, Vlado, if he’d be willing to play for us this week.   Vlado jumped at the opportunity and we spent much of yesterday printing and taping music together etc.  Thankfully I had several of the charts on my laptop (remind me to scan and put ALL of the music on the laptop as soon as I return home!).

Last night the weather turned to rain storms and we had quite a bumpy  ride.  The sea was howling through my balcony door all night.  Today the sea conditions continued to be rough which is never my favorite day at sea.   Brian and I rehearsed with Vlado and he did quite well.  We’ve re-vamped the concert using some of our Rat Pack charts and several from my Mercer show.   I think it’ll go over really well.

After a quick lunch I went right back to bed as the seas were rough and that always makes me tired.  I’m about to head down for a sound check and then we’ll do our first concert at 8:30 PM tonight.

Hopefully tomorrow we will awake to calmer seas and warmer weather…