Texas, what can I say that hasn't been said before? Maybe nothing, but I'm still going to blog you about our last (and next) time there.
Lots of good things came together to make our Texas trip excellent, starting with our hostesses ( two very good friends of a very good friend) providing us with not only a roof over our heads, but also a lake to look at, a pool to dive in and last but not least: home cooking! More than our touring hearts ever expect out on that lonesome place called 'the road'. Granted, it was only a 3 day trip, but still!
There's something about Austin that's just cool. As much as I've travelled around here in the States, as a Belgian, I'm still in awe of all the places we get to go to and the history, the musical reputation and just the overall vibe in Austin always makes me feel like it's a place where I could lay my hat for a little while. It doesn't hurt that I've made some good friends there and that the crowds are always nice and welcoming.
After two rehearsals with a temporary guitar player helping us out for the occasion, we rocked Momo's. Jen Foster was there too, which is always a treat. The other opening band, Amy Cook, we had never played with and we were all impressed with great songs, great voice and her killer guitar player.
After the show, I drank my much deserved celebratory one beer of the day and we headed back to our temporary home by the water. We sat outside, talked, marveled over Texas temperatures and fell asleep happy.
The good news: we got to do it all over again the next day in Dallas. The downside: Saharan temperatures and an outdoor early evening show. Luckily, our 'handler', good friend, scream team coordinator, driver and all around entertainer never got hot, so we were all able to cool off some in her presence.
We're coming back to this good place in October, adding one city (Houston) and a fall climate. Fun guaranteed. Hope to see you all there.
Peace, Sarah x
For the first time in 5 years, Sarah and Gert sat in the studio together to record a new song as... k’s Choice! It’s not exactly a new song of their own hand but an acoustic version of Yellow by Coldplay, recorded for the 25th anniversary compilation album of Belgian radio station Studio Brussel. The CD is called “Rendez-vous” and is now available in all Belgian record stores.
I like making videos. It gives us musicians a chance to step outside of our familiar world for a day or two and expand our creativity.
That being said, I was barely a factor in the creative process of the ‘Shine’ video. Sure, the director Kip, my manager and I had conversations about the spirit of the song, the emotions we wanted evoked and what I did NOT want, but all credit for anything beautiful goes to Kip and his team.
I showed up to pretend to sing and play ‘Shine’ about a hundred times in front of a green screen, in jeans and a t-shirt. It’s not that I refused to dress up for the occasion, but this is a mellow song about my stepdaughter and I didn’t want anything to come across flashy or fake. I did my job and I think I did it well, but all the magic happened in the next two months.
The result is pure animated eye candy, you’ll have to see it for yourself. And as discussed in the early days, all necessary emotions are evoked.