I have to say so far we are doing all right, considering we just returned from a three year hiatus in November. It has been a good start with several interesting concerts and a live radio show. Yes, aside from what I would call the gig from hell, when we had our rail route diverted in the Hague (because of a threat to the rail system), and were over two hours late for the show, only to discover there was no sound system . . . . "The show must go on!" As they say.
What does it look like from here? Well, coffees come in miniature cups and the cost of everything is erg duur (quite expensive), but I am excited that there are new opportunities and events coming over the year.
All this is an interesting adjustment after living in Montreal the last five years. There we had had the pleasure of learning how to converse in French and to appreciate the joie de vie of the Quebec lifestyle. Now we live next to an ancient canal in a country that is super-organized, and where people don't mind pointing out your mistakes. Gigs are booked down to five minute intervals (soundcheck 7:35, on stage 8:15). Audiences chatter a lot, but buy you drinks and will clap loudly at the end of the song. We're gradually making headway, for example, John can translate the Dutch subtitles on the news to me now and I am beginning to understand the odd conversation, just a bit.
We are enjoying the myriad of bird life in and around the lovely medieval city of Delf. Wonderful to see duck nesting areas and parks that have been so well integrated into rural plans. Spring was here for two days, and has retreated again until later, so temperatures are back to normal. Wind, hail, and more rain with spots of sunshine are likely in the forecast for most of March. Happily, crocuses and daffodils have already bloomed!
The next story of our adventures in music will be coming in April. Meanwhile, check out our photo album.