I’ve got the Beatles in my head, even more than usual. The hours on a bus equipped with plug sockets were spent re-watching The Beatles Anthology, as were the very last minutes of my Berlin stay. Now I’m at the airport and already regret not having nicked the last DVD of the set to guide me over the clouds back to London. The Germany tour is over now and it already feels eerily like Christmas, probably because hanging out in Berlin with family will inevitably bring on memories of merriment and laziness. I’ve got about another ten shows to look forward to in the UK and many songs to write before I head back to Germany for ‘the real thing’ though (see what I did there..?).
The last two gigs of the tour were both in the South of Germany, pretty much unknown territory for me. The penultimate show was a living room gig in Munich, hosted by a Twitter acquaintance of mine who saw me speak at the Re:publica conference back in 2012. He’d asked me what my rider was and not being used to such a question, I thought I’d go all out: Whiskey, a Unicorn and fairy dust… and low behold:
I often get asked why I play living room shows. In today’s musical climate, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t. I always feel so very well taken care of at these private shows, the people are lovely and you get to connect with the audience in a way that just isn’t possible at a club or traditional venue. I’d like to thank all attendees and the host especially for making my stay so memorable (I mean, a UNICORN!). We even had some press at the private show – here’s a small review for all you German speakers or those wishing to learn.
The final show of the tour was at the 7180 in Crailsheim. Where? Exactly. Practically back down by Nürnberg where I had been the week before, this was a bit of a mega journey. Well worth it though, this venue is like an oasis of alternative music in a sea of suburban. The club was full, which always amazes me when you’re playing somewhere for the first time – a testament to the fact that the promoters are doing something right!
It’s a strange thing, I feel the tour went very well (highlights apart from the unicorn were definitely the amazing theatre in Bordesholm, seeing friends at the Hamburg show and that great crowd + beat-boxer in Chemnitz), but I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished very much somehow. Perhaps it’s because this was the second Germany tour, I wasn’t nearly as daunted as I was the before, the first time around. Also, I think it’s because everything’s happening in such quick succession, it’s really only a couple of weeks ago that I played in Ireland – yet that already feels like a different, outdated me. I feel I’m about three steps ahead of myself constantly and the me in this moment is forever playing catch up to the ‘mind me’. It’s hard to carve out a path when everything’s so open. There are a myriad of roads I could go down and it’s entirely up to me as to which one I choose. Most of the time that’s a very liberating and reassuring thing, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by it. Thanks to The Beatles I don’t have to worry about that right now though – I can sit here and contemplate just how they came up with the idea to have an orchestral crescendo to lead from John’s to Paul’s part in ‘a day in a life‘.