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Gigging in Carnaby St

The problem with holidays is, they tend to be over too quickly. Especially when you've only booked a week off and on your last day in the office, your manager approaches you with an offer that on the face of it seems enticing, but that you won't have a chance to investigate, sort out the pros and cons, or all the legal and financial ramifications; let alone check out the job market, because you're supposed to be doing something else somewhere else. Now I'm going to have to go back into work tomorrow, and will have even less of a chance to reach an informed decision.

David's Thursday night show had been cancelled, but lucky for me, something called the City Showcase meant he had a gig that afternoon in the Hugo Boss store in Carnaby St instead. I spent the morning window shopping for shoes (what else?) in Oxford St, checked into my hotel around 1pm; then after receiving a text from Jules that told me she was on her way to the venue, made it there in time to witness the arrival of DB and Jordan. They'd played in Paris the night before and Jordan said the tour so far had been exhausting. Still, he looked perky enough. David had been having some problems with his voice earlier in the week, but thought it was back up to 40%, and besides, he said, what he'd lost in range he'd gained in raspiness, and he said it as if it were swings and roundabouts. Jules turned up soon after, and we went for a spot of lunch while the band set up. The City Showcase involved several artists performing in various shops up and down the Carnaby St area, but I can't tell if this is a regular thing or not. Funnily enough, the presence of a singer in the store seemed to act as a deterrant to people to cross the threshold and browse for clothes or make a purchase, so as an experiment it may not have been entirely successful from the point of view of the shopkeepers.

In the end, they played to about 20 people, none of whom purchased any suits, but many did buy DB's cds, including myself as he and Jordan had recorded an EP just before coming out on this tour. When he asked if there were any requests, I asked for Boxes, which seemed to please him; he believes it's one of his more accomplished songs, and yet it doesn't make the set list, or gets requested, all that often. Which I think is a shame as it's one of my favourite songs from his After The Wrecking Ships-album. Which is still the last studio album...when oh when will Strange Light finally be released?

After the gig, Jules, her friend KJ and I headed over to the Tate Modern to see the gigantic murals on display there, and I finally had that 99 with flake I'd been promising myself for years, though at £2 I did think it was a bit pricey. Then KJ went off to blag her way into a TV studio audience, while Jules and I had fish and chips and mushy peas on board the Queen Mary. Here I was introduced to my new favourite tipple: Brothers' Strawberry & Pear Cider. It smells revoltingly sweet, tastes really sweet to begin with too, but drinks like lemonade once you've had a sip or two. bogwitch, dare I ask: have you tried it yet, or is it too much of a party drink for your choice?

And then I went to the theatre to see Avenue Q, which came highly recommended by Jules, and it really was a hoot from start to finish. If any of you haven't seen it, which I don't suppose is the case as you're all much more clued up about these things than I, it's like Sesame Street for grown-ups. The jokes are corny, the songs are catchy, and the story (if there is one) very simple and a little bit preachy, and overall, it makes for a fantastic night out.



( 11 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Jun. 8th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
I've had Pear cider (surely that's perry, but that's not what they called it) and I've had strawberry cider, but not pear and strawberry, no. They were both very nice though.
Jun. 8th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh well then, I can heartily recommend you try it! The next day, I tried Bulmer's Pear Cider (which I'm sure you're right must by rights be called perry), but it tasted like piss, and weak piss at that, after the deliciousness of the pear & strawberry the day before. I had it again in The Constitution in Camden, but unfortunately none of the other pubs we frequented on this trip carried it.
Jun. 8th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
The normal Bulmers tastes like piss, so maybe that's not surprising.
Jun. 9th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, never touch Bulmers. :P
Jun. 8th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
hey there :) good journey homeward? ... aha the phone is fixed ...I wish I had taken a photo in the shop now .. it was light! ..you should chuck the second one on the forum thread - ;) wonder where that girlie's "official" ones will turn up?

have you tried that CD yet... should be A.OK. AVE Q. [ETA er - duh - I see it is fine!]

good times - if not all as planned! random is good - but I sure do not want to see another chip for a while!

Edited at 2008-06-08 08:39 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
good journey homeward?

Yes, thank you -- had to get up at 4:45 (well 5am really, for which I'd set my alarm and requested a wakeup call, but of course I woke in a panic convinced I'd overslept at 1:39am, 3:34am and finally 4:45), so pretty knackered by now!

you should chuck the second one on the forum thread

Nah, it's far too blurry. KJ can put hers up, maybe...it's much clearer!

I've tried both cd-s, and they're both good quality. It's been good reliving the Avenue Q memories, so thankee!
I sure do not want to see another chip for a while!

I know the feeling! I'm steering well clear of them for the next couple of months. Had a salad and a generous helping of raspberry cheesecake last night, which is another thing I'm going to steer clear of for a while ;-) (but it was yummy).

(ETA: don't know how that last bit got posted in the middle there...)

Edited at 2008-06-08 09:01 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
cor blimey missus - that's EARLY. Make like the PoohBear!

I never saw KJs photos ..I must get a look see tomorrow. Hopefully *fingers crossed* my amazingly talented friend Susi will be snapping away and she'll have some scrummy ones from Source Below.

mmm cheesecake. exceptions can always be made for cheesecake.

Jun. 9th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a good time, at least, even if you are no better informed about your soon-to-be exit from HP. ;)

You're the second friend of mine who's got hooked on Brothers cider recently. Though Nicole is in love with a different variety of same. There's a website, you know.

I haven't seen Ave Q, but want to. I've heard portions of it ("The Internet is for porn" is the only one that comes to mind), so hopefully it'll still be playing next time I'm in the Northern Hemispere.

I've yet to buy anything of David's, haven't heard him play except from brief YouTube clips, I think. Is there a website? I should have a look at Jordan's too, it's been ages since anything CD-shaped arrived in the mail for me. :(
Jun. 9th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
I think. Is there a website?

Why, certainly: www.davidberkeley.com - pay it a visit! There's a tree, and a squirrel, and a crock of gold...or there was last time I checked. He can also be found on MySpace, though he'll be the first to admit that it's crap.

The Internet Is For Porn is one of those songs that stay with you after just one hearing, and so is When You Love Someone Sometimes You Want To Kill Them or whatever its proper title is. I really hope you will get to see Avenue Q one day. It's been running in the West End now for 4 years; there's no reason to suppose it'll close soon.
Jun. 9th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
Glad you managed to get to hear some of DB on the first day... I am sure work will work itself out for you!
Jun. 9th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
It was good. I'd expected 2 or 3 songs maybe, but he did a full set and was well-received. Jordan couldn't stop eyeing the suits though -- he's such a fashion victim ;-)
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