On Thursday night we’re going to open the show. Unbelievable just how quickly a date can pounce on you. As if it moves like a jungle cat and not with the steady pace of a glacier. I can imagine the blocks on my calendar conspiring to move forward one of their number just to frighten me.
Well, the joke’s on them because I am ready for it.
Jono and I have been hard at work drinking coffee and tea and arguing over the running order, and even practising occasionally. It was difficult to let go of some of the songs that we love and worked so hard on, but we wanted to keep the show lean and to the point, so we say good bye to some great pieces like Smashing Pumpkins’ Lily and Cole Porter’s Love for Sale. Another composer that I have a deep passion for is Kurt Weill – and though many of his pieces contain stories of both crime and passion, they just didn’t suit the overall show. But the discussions have firmly planted the seed of desire. At some point there’s going to be a Weill show!
I have also written a new song for the show, the Underwater Cinema – very influenced by Tori Amos’s Pandora’s Aquarium – and collaborated with Jono on another (although we can’t agree on a title yet).
One confession I have to make is that both Jono and I are embarrassingly bad at marketing. We’ve already got some good bookings for the week, but honestly, how many of you have seen the flyers?
And how many have heard of the great deals for the run? For one thing there’s a discount price of R50 per person for block bookings of 5 or more people. But the really big one is that Alison has generously offered a complimentary load of laundry for paying guests of the show! What an incredible deal, I’m very grateful to Tabula Rasa.
That’s all I have time to say right now, I look forward to seeing you all in the coming days!