Euro bunk flutter

Today finds us in Copenhagen, Denmark where is no chance of mistaking it for Texas… or Akron. I have been coming here since the mid-80’s and feel a connection to it as it was a place where the jazz band I worked for would do a run at a club for a few days. Most of my touring in those days was really hit and run, so getting to hang out somewhere was rare and a chance to get a better vibe for a place. The old part of the city, the canals, Tivoli, the retro bicycles and steady traffic and lanes (apparently no one ever told the girls of the city that riding a bike with a cello strapped to your back is difficult)…

Well, it’s been over a month since the last Bitterman update. Is this a worthless cul-de-sac, a location that housed my fad for a while? I sure hope not. It’s not that my identity is tied to this website, but it’s a place for people to catch up with me when they can and, apparently, when I can. Despite the lack of traffic on my end, I have been productive in work and with some photography. I don’t rule out a podcast again, it’s just hard to start the conversation after such a long break.

So we’ve been over here in Europe for a while now, having left shortly after Thanksgiving. We started in Spain where a pretty nasty bit of intestinal distress began its attack of the crew. It eventually crossed over the line into the band which lead to a postponement in the Netherlands.

I feel in some way the crew has finally hit it’s stride over here despite the challenging work conditions and health issues. I am really fortunate to have KB and MK by my side as their experience certainly helps me when I’m looking too closely at a problem. The oddest issue is the fact that you have a technical problem and you have someone else (the player) analyzing the results who may or may not experience the changes in the same way you do. Sometimes a mathematical solution to an organic problem won’t work. Vague enough?

As we see the last 5 or 6 shows of the year coming our way, we also have started to see how our 2008 is shaping up. If we live through this, we get to do it again, bigger and longer. The sales of the summer open air tickets have been fast and furious. We’ll be seeing a lot of the same places we saw in 2003 and a bunch of new ones.

I guess it’s time to start looking around for Christmas presents today… more will be revealed…

If you haven’t already, check in at the flickr site to see some new images, including some venue shots…