Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Entry 79 6.1.11

Entry 79, June 1st, 2011, 10:40pm (ship time GMT +2)

Today's first production show was a little more exciting than we like them to be. Near the end of the second tune, our bass player Gary collapsed onto the floor of the orchestra pit. The musical director called the bridge, and there was an “alpha” call over the ship's PA system. A minute later the staff captain and the chief safety officer show up at the orchestra pit with two blue boys, picking their way through the maze of sound cables and music stands as quickly as possible. We helped them carry Gary out into the corridor, and he disappeared (presumably on his way to the medical center). Mind you, we did all this while continuing to play the show! Luckily Miko (the sound tech) figured out that something was wrong and turned up the prerecorded backing track to cover up the holes.

Gary's doing okay – he was conscious when we went to go see him after the show, and even said a few words before the Doc shooed us out. It was probably a panic attack, his roommate said that apparently his girlfriend back home is having some pretty major surgery soon. Hopefully he'll be back on his feet by tomorrow.

Other than that it was a fairly uneventful day. I mentioned having some problems with my chops the other day; since then I've gone back to the materials Dave Sheetz gave me in New Hampshire and they worked like a charm. I've got a high F back and still felt good after the second show today . . . I may practice some more later tonight. Doc Reinhardt was the man . . .

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