In three weeks, the band Genesis would be playing its last show ever and my twin encouraged me to attend. “It’s rock n’ roll history.”
I hear London Calling.
After two years of pandemic isolation, my body aches for Art, Theatre, and Live Music.
Further, April is a month of anniversaries that swivels my soul. They’re only numbers, but my cells know – the date of the accident, of marriage, of death. Pieces of April.
So for the last eleven years during that month, I stay on the move – pushing away the familiar, welcoming the strange, distancing from and celebrating…love.
Once arriving to the United Kingdom, I remember what I’d forgotten. With the pandemic-imposed restrictions, life transmuted into quotidian ritual. Without stimulation or challenge, the decision-making process is dulled. I was out of practice! As an explorer, there are daily considerations: Where to stay? What transport to take? Where to eat? What to do of value this day? Why am I here?! ;)
Stop overthinking. To sharpen the skill, make the move and groove with it.
When booking the Paul Carrack concert, I scheduled only two nights in Amsterdam. Afterward, I questioned my decision. “Why didn’t I reserve at least five nights in that fabulous city? What was I thinking?”
Back off. Just trust. It’s empowering to replace the word ‘doubt’ with ‘trust.’
Then, I spy…
A publication of ‘What’s On’ in London’s West End, listed Sting playing five nights at the London Palladium. There was only one seat available for the entire engagement – on Sunday, the day after my return. If I would have booked an extra night in Amsterdam, I would have missed the gig. I’ve never been a big follower…but well, it’s Sting.
This trip was evolving into a magical musical tour…Roll up.
Caution: Viewing may cause dizziness. (To connect with live music, for the benefit of myself and others’, I disengage from ‘the gadget’ – exceptions were made with you in mind.)
All above musicians, virtuosos.
Each performance, “Best show ever.”
Now on a minor note –
The excellence in music, Shakespeare’s plays, London’s West End Theatre, Art museums and installations…equal the impressiveness of the people I encountered along the way.
More on that next time. Until then,
“I Know It’s Only Rock n’ Roll and I Like It.” – The Rolling Stones