With only four weeks to go before our first full show of 2014, Hester and I are working more and more detailed on each song and on the overall flow and feel of the show. We are still in Holland, where this year's summer is warm and quite damp. Luckily Hester's dance studio has air conditioning: something I usually don't particularly like, but in this case is quite welcome. We aren't too strict about how long our rehearsals are; we tend to create an open and creative atmosphere to work in with nothing more than a rough idea of what we need to do that day. Sometimes we are finished or get stuck after an hour and a half, and sometimes we can easily work for three hours straight before fatigue kicks in.

Because I have to sing and dance at the same time, I need to connect the vocals to the moves as early as possible in the learning process. This does mean that I don't learn the dance routine first, it means with every new step I need to know exactly what I'm singing at that time so I can process everything I am doing at that time as one piece instead of several. Hester understands this is the quickest way to get where we want to be and keeps running back and forth throughout every rehearsal to constantly rewind the music to allow me to learn everything at once.

I apologize for the fact that I'm writing a lot about the dance rehearsals at the moment; it is where my main focus is at this moment. Musically, there is only so much we can do with half a band in Liverpool and the other half in Holland. We study our parts, but that in itself is quite a solitary job (and mostly done by now). What remains now needs to be done when we're all in Liverpool, in that rehearsal room.

I will travel to Liverpool a week and a half from now, with the others following me a couple of days later. There are about a million things that need to be done before I leave, and the list only seems to get longer instead of shorter. I guess that's what you get when you mix creativity and deadlines...


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