|JAKARTA AND JAPAN TOUR, WINTER 2006 (Nov 19-Dec 14) -- Part 8|
|8/14/2018 10:27:37 AM - (cont'd)|
We had the next day off, and Yuki took us to an onsen inTokyo not far from where I used to live in Futagotamagawa. We had 2-1/2 hours which I thought would be enough, but I realize now that we really needed the whole day to totally chill and enjoy every aspect of what it has to offer. Nikita especially loves the massage chairs. At night, we had an early "uchiage" with the band members and George's wife, Kerry, who had come along. Kerry is an interesting woman, a musician herself and a total foodie like me if not more so, and even has a website dedicated to her food adventures.
The next morning we were off to Osaka to do our gig at the Blue Note. The second set especially went well; however, the audience for the first set was extremely quiet. It's so hard for me to read how an audience views us. Masa even made the comment that he felt like he was being judged, the audience was so quiet and just sat there with sparse claps, but I know we kicked butt performance wise. I've stopped becoming too paranoid about what people are thinking, and have decided to just concentrate on performing the best we can and not worry about how the audience is reacting. Of course, when one has a great audience, it's easy to respond to that and get energy from it, which in turn brings up our energy and level that much more. But if the audience is not reacting in a matter that seems supportive, I can't afford to allow that to effect my performance. In the end, the biggest judge is myself and God's ears and I reach to bring our music to a higher level every time, regardless. Can't get caught up in "Do you like me?" insecurities. I was sad that this was the last night performing with Masa, I had enjoyed the band setting so much with these members.
The next morning, we were off again on the shinkansen further south to Fukuoka to perform at With the Style hotel for a 2 set Christmas dinner performance. It was our first time, George and I, to do a full duet thing, and we rehearsed best we could. I was extremely tired for some reason, and my voice was VERY gravely and low energy, but somehow I got it going by the end of the first set, and it came alive for the second set. It was another situation of doing a performance in front of an ultra quiet audience and not knowing quite how to respond to everyone nor how to talk or what to say, but considering these people paid a ridiculous amount of money (22,000 yen) for dinner and our performance, I felt I was in a supportive climate and gave all that I could. There is a particular girl, Nahomi-san, who we have dubbed "Starbucks girl" because she works at Starbucks in Fukuoka who we've become fond of, who has come to every single one of my performances over the years, and sure enough she was there.
Our final day of our tour, and we flew back to Tokyo to do two sets at JZ Brat, also housed in the Cerulean Tower. This turned out to be a better set for George and I both -- my voice wasn't as tired and George had also gotten used to doing the songs in the duet format and had more dynamism. He was really complimentary over my rhythmic ability which I found interesting as I always feel that I'm not tight enough nor conscious as much as I should be about my rhythm -- very nice to hear.
All in all it was a great tour and I loved the opportunity as always. Thanks to all those who came and showed support, especially to my regulars and those who travelled great lengths to catch our shows. Special thanks to the clubs and venues who had us, the staff and sound people, all the promoters involved, and especially Nyoro who is not only one of my major agents in Japan but also a great friend.
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