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It always take a while to get into the flow of a show, and we're starting to get there with the new set list. Our show has a million different visual and non-visual cues for all of us, and we are getting to the point of exactly knowing what to expect and where to look.

Yesterday's show at the famous Jazz Cafe in London was Hester's last day with us. I was really glad she was there, and I think she enjoyed watching the show growing and getting tighter over the last couple of days. We feel like we have the freedom to adjust things to make them work better in a specific venue. And the Jazz Cafe had a feature we just knew we had to use. As difficult as it was to work on a stage with a huge pillar slightly off the middle of the stage, we immediately spotted the potential of the narrow space above the stage. We decided to use it for The Wedding List, and whatever else I would decide to improvize. 

The crowd downstairs was standing, and standing quite close to the stage too! I noticed though, that whenever I got down on my knees people took a tiny step back. 

Finally being able to work with my in ear monitors, I couldn't hear much of what was going on in the audience during the songs, but in between songs, the applause was overwhelming. 

There will always be tiny issues in each show, and Jerney and I try to keep a record of these things, as they make every show unique. Chester's crowd witnessed Jerney almost killing herself as I shot her on a chair, and me gone missing for The Man With The Child In His Eyes. Liverpool's crowd witnessed me almost straining my ankles on the stage (but recovering magically in a funky Michael Jackson like way) with the slope during The Big Sky and me actually taking off my shoes and throwing the in Hounds of Love. London witnessed Bobby's chair being stolen off the stage, Violin starting late because Paul could not see me hanging on the chair after Sat In Your Lap and thought I had disappeared (again), and Liam almost getting kicked in the face by me during Sat In Your Lap. 

We had a great evening, and we finally got through a show without a lot of frustration over technical issues. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole show!

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  • Sharon

    Sharon London jazz cafe

    Maaike, you did it again! My forth time seeing your show and it's a thrill every time. It amazes me every time how each note is spot on, even singing upside down is no problem for you. Whether on a big stage or smaller one, you fit the stage perfectly. A deep bow for you and your band, succes tomorrow!

    Maaike, you did it again! My forth time seeing your show and it's a thrill every time. It amazes me every time how each note is spot on, even singing upside down is no problem for you. Whether on a big stage or smaller one, you fit the stage perfectly. A deep bow for you and your band, succes tomorrow!

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