Japan July '06 Tour - July 22 (Saturday)
3/23/2017 8:13:19 AM - July 22, 2006 (Sat) -- Sasha got up at 6:00 a.m. waking me and Nikita up. I know it's ridiculous that I write these blogs talking about the time we slept and woke up, but for anyone who knows how hard it is to function with jetlag, this really can make or break a day, especially with a little one to deal with -- I was fearful Nikita was going to be hard to handle with only 6 hours of sleep, and keeping him healthy on these trips is always on my mind, and I admit to being a total bitch if I don't get my full 8. In my case, my body and mental capacity is my instrument -- it's not like I can fake it if my voice is tired -- and with a 6 hour rehearsal coming up, I was pissed off at Sasha.

Fortunately I don't hold my grudges too long. I always joke that I'm too stupid to remember what I was pissed off about, and in a way it's true -- I have too many other things to think about and aside from not wanting to hang onto negative feelings, my brain just discounts past things in favor of thinking of more important things for the present.

For our Honmonji "Slow Music, Slow Live '06" performance tomorrow, we were using a new drummer as Genta was busy with Orquestra de la Luz this time. He introduced us to Amakura Masa, who plays with Sleepwalker and Kyoto Jazz Massive, amongst others, a young player, still 27. I'd heard him on recordings and knew that he was pretty good and was excited to see how things would go. For good and for worse, our time on stage was limited to 40 minutes, so we could only do 6 songs, meaning Masa didn't have to learn too much stuff. Our set was to be:

Hung Up
Philosophy Road
Intuition
Dig Deep
Yellow Bird
Play It By Ear

After 4 hours, we'd gone through all the songs several times, and while Masa was still working things out and seemed a little shaky on some more than others, he had a good feel. Sasha who is usually very critical of musicians paid him many compliments, which was a relief -- it's important to me that everyone is happy with each other and feeling good vibes. Making music together is such an intimate thing, you need to be able to feel comfortable with your fellow musician and trust them, especially the drummer who is in a way the rhythmic engine, the kaboos. We called it a day (I don't believe in rehearsing more than is necessary just to use the time reserved in the studio), picked up Nikita and headed back to the hotel, then went out to dinner -- Nyoro/Domani wanted to take us all out, and we ended back at the izakaya. The highlight dish that night was the "mochi mochi tofu" -- it was a combination of goma (sesame) tofu made like a buffalo mozzarella, very creamy and rich - UNBELIEVABLE.
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