Sunday, February 7, 2010
If youâ€™ve watched my latest video blog youâ€™ll know that unfortunately our musical director, John Randall, never made it to Ushuaia, Argentina to board the Regent Mariner.Â Â His connection time in Buenos Aires was much too short and he had to clear customs etc., and missed his initial flight.Â Â He was on standby for the next few flights but never got on and thus the ship set sail with â€œ2 Men and a Baby Grand!â€
After discussing the issue with the cruise director, he asked their lounge pianist, Vlado, if heâ€™d be willing to play for us this week.Â Â Vlado jumped at the opportunity and we spent much of yesterday printing and taping music together etc.Â 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 bumpyÂ ride.Â The sea was howling through my balcony door all night.Â Today the sea conditions continued to be rough which is never my favorite day at sea.Â Â Brian and I rehearsed with Vlado and he did quite well.Â Weâ€™ve re-vamped the concert using some of our Rat Pack charts and several from my Mercer show.Â Â I think itâ€™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.Â Iâ€™m about to head down for a sound check and then weâ€™ll do our first concert at 8:30 PM tonight.
Hopefully tomorrow we will awake to calmer seas and warmer weatherâ€¦