Lou's Reports From the Road
The Texas Treasure experience was.......an experience. In retrospect,it
a great many things...not the the least of which would be dangerous.
write this,tropical storm Claudette has just made landfall,somewhere between
Galveston and Corpus Christi,and it doesn't look pretty. One can only imagine
be like on a ship in the Gulf right now.
Luckily,we had smooth seas for the entire two weeks. Which is not to say
it was a
ride...some days the ship rocked about considerably.
Each time we left
dock,the propellers would vibrate the stage hard enough to knock over
of water,send the CD/picture display crashing onto the dance floor,
make thunderstorm-noises come out of my guitar amp. Scary at first.....
we got used to it. I recall seeing some looks of concern from passengers,though......
As a gig,it wasn't all that unusual--pretty good,in fact--short hours,room
about 1½ hours per set,twice a night.
A little background---apparently gambling isn't legal in Texas,so to get
the law,the ship loads up passengers and sails out to international waters,
they can gamble 'till their heart's content.
job was to keep them happy/ occupied on the trip to and fro.....
Sounds great on paper,huh?
It did have a few drawbacks,like itsy-bitsy,teensey-weensierooms,which
or TV of course,and the central fact that after your 1st set, it was
5 hours until the next one,and guess what?......you're at sea,with no place
those hours,except maybe the craps table......a bad idea,for my money.
Every gig is different,that's for sure. We arrived with an untried PA system,
never set it up before (remember the trip to KC?)--a new mixing board,
out of the box,an effects unit,still IN the box,and a drummer
only just met over the weekend in Indianapolis. On the face of it,this
for disaster! However,by all accounts,we sounded good.The audiences
to like us, we sold a few CD's...and we had good feedback from
other musicians on board. One of them was a solo act,a fellow named
Marquette---he and I traded photos,and stories from Back in The Day.
The other act was Hot Spices, a reggae/calypso
for them,since they performed outside,and it was oppressively hot
of the time---we were uncomfortable at times,even inside.
Living/working on a ship has its own special rhythm,and some aspects
would be just plain silly on land. The differences seemed magnified
over 200 people lived there full-time,and the vast majority of those
English as a second language........this fact showed itself in odd
or on paper,at times I just didn't get it.
Every gig is different,that's for sure.