The day of our show here in paradise down at the boathouse.. which doubles as my beautiful apartment sitting right on the water overlooking the sea. Once I woke up and came upstairs to have a little breakfast. The effort had begun by Fia and Martin to convert my apartment space into the venue room and they worked all day. They also worked to set up the space for the pancake vendor who would make these unbelievably delicious, over saturated in butter, pancakes for the patrons just before they entered into the boathouse for the show
The wonderful thing about Fia and Martin is that in their work effort they never express just pleasure – it’s a joy to just continue working through the day with a goal in mind and work they did… It reminds me of my mother when she had something on her mind to do. She just didn’t stop until she was done
The sound check
The room was set up by mid afternoon. Yonas and Morgan… the soundmen – wonderful guys… Got the equipment set up and sounding good and Goran and I did about a half hour sound check and felt like we were totally prepared
The show. .. A local singer songwriter in the image of Townes Van Zandt… But a fellow that has his own thing to offer… A wonderful voice and sincere quality ..did a wonderful opening set of about five songs in the audience really took to him and let him know it – nice job Marcus!
I cannot imagine a more memorable or magical show..
One of the things that surprised me was the age of the folks that came there were quite a few young people in their 20s and early 30s and several older folks as well .. I heard later that there were several musicians… Whatever… This was about the most beautiful and attentive audience you could ever play for so they totally got the best out of you with the sincerity of all the songs. We didn’t skip over any. It was total passion tonight.
There were too many highlights to mention but let’s go with Charcoal Sky which sounded so warm and felt so real to me on stage.. I absolutely loved Crazy Girl… ended with Until it Hurts.. The total passion of that one was simply still and floating around for everybody was and it got to me and Goran on stage.. and just to point a finger at Goran .. he was so soulful and brilliant as always and always the connection between the two of us was so spiritual and magical it brought chills to my body throughout the night.
Some more songs totally got to me were Block Out The Sirens of This Lonely World, Little Angel Wings and oh so soulful version of Hey Lou… Which really got some folks… Including me. In between the sensitive stuff we had an amazing version a Big River and Clean Your Own Tables… With everybody singing along… Just to remember that the audience singing tonight was absolutely astounding… was special and almost like it was a prepared choir and it was so much fun to hear that
One of the highlights for everybody tonight was Wild Thing… As I invited Fia and Martin’s son Pele to join us on stage playing guitar and he did an amazing job! ..with a smile on his face and a guitar on his hands he looks like he belongs there! Way to go Pele – you were a star tonight!
We ended the show with a wonderful version of Fuck all the Perfect People which was never more sincere than it was tonight. The looks on the faces that I saw from the stage was just amazing. I had a fire all over me through so many of the songs and certainly that one in the chorus with the sing-along just sent chills up my spine thanks to this wonderful audience for giving us back so much.
We ended with a rockin’ I Wasn’t Born in Tennessee.. and said hi to some wonderful folks –
Hi Gianna’s and Bjorn… Young this works for the local favor and be on the local radio station got that and they did simple and beautiful interviews with me before the show and actually got me in nice spirits before I hit the stage so thank you guys take a load to Yolanda and I know you guys are so special Lovisa and Victor and Marcus and leaf and Jimmy and Linda Yonas and Morgan thanks so much for the great sound and tone .. so nice to see you at the end.
Quick to see what the end Sebastian and thanks for making those wonderful sandwiches for us and talking about the wonders of nutritious and beautiful bread… Lovely stuff
So finally… I just like to say a big thanks to all who were here and all the wonderful comments you made to Goran and me ..we appreciate it more than you can possibly imagine… we felt so connected to you it was great .. wouldn’t it be nice to be spending many more days together.. something beautiful happened tonight.
Big thanks to our Peter Soderlind..our friend and escort for this whole trip was so much a part of the spirit of all this good stuff
OK your knees and out of 24 January and we are ready to leave for a next venue and we are stealing Fia .. she’s coming to cook for us there as well – what lucky guys