Managing the Grind…Just Barely!
I type this while sipping down big gulps of Stoney ginger beer (my favourite cooldrink), having missed longer than a week of blogging. For the last three mornings I’ve been rising before the crack of dawn for the last haul of the student account campaign I’ve been involved with. The early rising and late rehearsals I’ve been doing this past week have been taking their toll as I struggle to even compartmentalise my thoughts.
As you’d know by now, Brother & Brother did that big gig at the Klein Libertas Theatre Outdoor Music Series last week Wednesday, when we opened for Beach Party and the famous band aKing – arguably the biggest gig we’ve done to date. We wanted to go all out in terms of stage performance, even going as far as rearranging some of our older songs, throwing out three and throwing in two new up-tempo songs – which I have to say, worked. We had a great crowd – probably the best crowd we’ve had ever. We even had people dancing along to the songs while we rocked out with sweat pouring off our bodies. The next day, my voice was all but gone. It was a great experience. Have a look at this video of us doing our song Brother & Brother courtesy of Jean-Philippe Engel:
Since then we’ve been preparing for our first major festival performance at RAMfest 2014, which happens next month. In fact the end of Feb/beginning of March is gonna be one killer two weeks. So far my itinerary looks like this:
2 March – playing bass for popular UK performance poet Chris Redmond at AmaZink Eatery. This event will be made up of complete improvisation!
6 March – Brother & Brother at RAMfest Carnival Stage
7 March – acting in Skalie Skinnerstories Tref Stoffontein (the musical we took to KKNK last year) at Woordfees (Book Tent)
10 March – doing my own show at Woordfees (Aan de Braak Theatre) called Josh Prinsloo en die Dahgah Vondasie – an exploration of the human condition and identity.
I don’t exactly know how I’m going to manage all this. The text for the Dahgah Vondasie isn’t even completed yet as the hours begin to roll by. This next two weeks is going to be a mad grind!