April 9, 2009 | Online in London

I figured this would as good a time as any to start my tour blog... thanks for tuning in. I just finished my third night here in London at the newly resurrected Pizza on the Park thanks to Jeff Harnar and Keith Turnipseed. It's been a few years since I've been here, but this is the first time I've been able to come here as a performer.  This is a beautiful city and I hope to actually get out and see it now that I'm getting over the throat infection I came down with the first day I was here.  I've never been good about being sick... but being sick while travelling... and working... and singing, is "quite dreadful," as they would say here  in London town.

So far, the infection has stayed north of the vocal chords, and as long as I can sing, I can do a show.  In fact, I love doing the show, because that has been the only hour of the day where I make myself forget how much my throat hurts and how exhausted my body feels. 

So even though that being sick on the road is one of most stressful and uncomfortable things that can happen to a performer, it can also serve as a reminder of the healing power of music and the human interaction of a performance.  I've done some shows where I've wondered if I could even get through the whole thing without falling over, thinking I may have to awkwardly excuse myself, or worse yet, slump over the piano in a YouTube worthy train wreck.  Each time, though, I've found that I the show and the energy of an audience wanting to share in a common appreciation for music is energizing and I have a really good show. 

Well, now that I'm hopefully on the upswing, I'll try to take some pictures of the club and the hotel and put them up before I leave.  

Until next time...