Just came back from a long tour with my Else Ensemble. This is my On Tour List: A-Z.
Airplane >> the beginning.
Banana >> a natural beta blocker for reducing stress and anxiety, and a great source of energy. Eat right before going on stage.
Centre >> exactly in the middle, there is a point of stillness and quiet. When everything moves and changes, know your centre.
Deodorant >> smells good.
Fear >> stage-fear, social-fear, flight-fear and all the rest…
Gifts >> also goes by the name souvenirs – from exotic places.
Home >> bring it with you.
“We are all born with extraordinary powers of imagination, intelligence, feeling, intuition, spirituality, and of physical and sensory awareness.” [Ken Robinson, The Element]
Jokes >> mostly such that are funny only to you and your fellows on tour. In moments of awkward silence use a viola joke, such as:
“How do you stop a bus load of Violists from going over a cliff?
– You don’t.”
Keys >> to hotel rooms, practice rooms and to your secret diary (if still at that age).
Late night meals >> why do concerts always fall on dinner time?
Makeup >> delicate but apparent. Chanel, if you ask me.
Nerves >> have nerves, just in case.
Ownership >> own your music, own your performance – you can only share what is yours.
Pencil >> being professional = bringing a pencil to rehearsals.
Quote >> always useful to have quotes such as:
“Make what’s perfect more human” [Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, Oblique Strategies]
Red notebook >> why would you possibly not have one on tour?
Stage >> the show must go on.
Traffic >> never be tempted to assume there isn’t going to be any.
Velvet >> especially in black.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart >> to keep all senses awake.
Xymplodiating >> sometimes you need a non-existing word to impress those who already know everything.
Yen >> if touring in Japan.
Zero >> sleep.