Wednesday, February 6
The full report is here. Excepts below.
First look at Brandi Carlile
Brandi and cellist Josh Neumann took the stage about a half hour late yesterday, maybe because of the rockin' of the boat. No, not the music, the literal rocking of the boat. whew. Brandi remarked she was glad she wore her purple tennis shoes instead of the high heeled cowboy (she said cowboy, not me) boots, due to the uneasiness on stage.
I will confess that she is the least researched of my headliners. I guess I went on the recommendations of the others in the "Who Are You Looking Forward To The Most" thread in the Cayamo pre-cruise forum. There are people from Australia and the UK who jumped on this boat for the chance to see Brandi, and I did look at her stuff on YouTube, per fellow and gal cruisers. In a way, I'm glad that she and Josh were the duet I met in the Caribbean Lounge last evening.
With that caveat, I will say that while Brandi is truly and most mightily her own voice, I could detect a helping of kd lang with a dollop of Ricki Lee Jones, peppered by generations of torch singers and the songs of young women trapped in their unfinished lives, yearning to break free and be a damn fine appreciated woman. Amen, sister!
On planning a schedule
Sitting on the deck as we line up in the glorious blue port of Cozumel, waving to the other cruisers and wondering how lazy I should be today. I may need to rest up for John Hiatt, my six o'clock intimate gathering. Did I mention that tomorrow at six is Emmylou? Friday, Shawn Colvin and Saturday is Patti Griffin. Is there an anticipatory limit on a human being?
It is hard not to think ahead to what's "Just Around The Bend" (thanks Earache), yet the balance of being in the moment and planning ahead can be illusionary on this ship. It is not so much planning to see specifics rather than trying not to miss anything. There ought to be large dry-erase bulletins in each stateroom to map out the must-sees and fill in the gotta-sees, then pepper with the wanna-see and, of course, the why-not-sees can serve standby, just in case. And this doesn't even take into consideration the running into a band/artist/jam while walking to and fro to these other destinations.