Mercifully the traffic was light and we reached Leipzig in a little over four hours. Like in Munich last year, today’s concert will take place in a mirror tent, but this time the tent is inside a large hall and it will be quite a bit warmer inside!
Lunch with Jon. I ordered traditional German dishes for us to share. Semmelknödel (bread dumplings), Red Cabbage cooked with cloves and bay leaf, Reibekuchen (potatoe fritters) and more. He seemed to enjoy the food as I waded through childhood memories brought back by the smells and tastes. Nice.
The performance went well. The audience was smaller than in Munich, and produced more questions. I am still getting used to the sound from the new microphone position. It feels different. I know that it sounds better for the audience, and indeed sounds better to me on stage, but I have to get used to it. The dynamics are better for sure.
After the performance a woman commented that she felt “überfordert”, meaning overtaxed, by the images projected next to me playing guitar. She seemed to say that she didn’t know where to look and moved her focus back and forth. I was delighted and said that it was just like life… so much happening all at once and we have to make choices. Where do we place our attention, how do we allow our attention to flow from here to there. The choice is the ours. Three modes: eyes closed, eyes on the projection, eyes on me… and ideally a nice flow between all three.
Afterwards, in my hotel room, I started thinking more about this. I would love to achieve a high density of visual and sonic information, which is, from time to time, funneled down to something really simple and straight forward, only to fan out into information-rich density again. Ah, if only I had a bigger budget for our shows. The challenge will be to find a way to achieve this without spending a lot of money. I think the new slideshow with its mix of still and moving images really works well and allows me to make up a set list as I go, but if I was to commit to a set list I might be able to create really interesting contextual meaning between the visual and audio aspects. New ideas and inspirations to grapple with.
Tomorrow: I might sleep a little later, followed by a leisurely drive to Berlin for a day off.