Gosh! Well where the hell do I start!
Once again, had an absolutely incredible night last night seeing Mister Joe Black in London.
I have been waiting for this gig for so long, as I ordered a ticket as soon as they were released.
Getting ready was when it struck me, that going to London, On my own, was actually quite scary.
Wearing a dress I had made out of a duvet cover and carrying a Ukulele… I wasn’t exactly going to blend in. So my thoughts were not ‘YEYEYEYEYEYEYEYEYEY.’ But ‘I’m gunna die. I’m gunna die. I’m gunna die.’’
I braved the train into London and the underground like a true commuter… Not talking to anyone.
I got to Cable Street from the station… and started walking down it.
After 10 minutes I felt like it had all been a massive troll.….
20 minutes and I found a corner shop. (After bravely walking past four groups of bloody terrifying looking London Gangsta’s.) I asked the owner if he knew where the Jamboree was, as he was on the same street. And he told me I had to keep going for another half mile. (When I find you shop man… I am going to throw Satsuma’s at you. ¬¬) I thanked him and left…. Another 20 minutes and I got to a new road. I now wanted to cry.
I saw a pub called The Artful Dodger and went in to ask, with even the slightest hope that they would tell me the way. There were 10 people in the pub and they all rushed to help. Saying people had been in before asking after it and they weren’t going to give up until they had found it for me. They got it up on Google Maps and did a street view, which showed it was right near the station. And that I would do well to get back on the train to Limehouse as there was a station a minute up the road and it would save me being any later. (It was 8pm now.) I thanked them and left and got to the station to get a tap on the shoulder… two of them had followed me to give me my map back in case I got lost again.
Sending you all a Christmas card! I am not one for Christmas but you guys truly showed the best of human kindness, Thank you
Never have I been so pleased to find a venue. I rewarded myself with a glass of white wine and sat by the bar, soaking up the sheer incredibleness of the room. It was breathtakingly beautiful. So many pictures were taken simply of the walls!
THEY DIDN’T PLAY CHRISTMAS MUSIC!
I cannot stress how much that pleased me, after being bombarded with the sodding stuff for months everywhere I go.
They did play ‘You’re a mean one Mr Grinch.’ But that is acceptable, as the song and story is rad and the only way to celebrate Christmas.
I had never heard of Izzy Cox before and had no idea what to expect. She was incredible. I couldn’t get her cd’s soon enough. She had the sharp wit and soft charm to be able to sing songs of serial killers and seem like someone you would want to leave your kids with. One to search ladies and gents. Asap.
Joe Black, Amazingly funny set. No one covers Brittany Spears as well as he. Everyone was in stitches and once again, he had immediately endeared himself. He played songs off of the new album which was fantastic as I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since its release.
Honestly, I don’t think there are words to describe a Joe Black show. It’s a feeling. You don’t think about all the things that are bothering you, or even where you are. You’re just happy. In the true sense of the word and always leave with a refreshed view on the world.. His whole set was flawless with a talent for musicianship well beyond his years.
I took as many pictures as I could and quite a few videos which are on my Youtube account;
Photos on my Facebook;
After his set I went over to get my Ukulele signed. And with a squeal of excitement, he did, it looks so awesome.He also wrote the notes under the strings for me which shall help no end as I haven’t used it yet from being terrified of making it sound like a dying giraffe.
He taught me the chords for Coin Operated Boy by The Dresden Dolls and I recorded him doing it, so I could use it when I got home… but my camera only recorded 4 seconds of it!
FUCK YOU NIKON, FUCK YOU AND ALL THAT YOU STAND, SIT AND LIE DOWN FOR. L I hope you end up on a trampoline with angry cats…. I’ve NEVER been so gutted. :(
I left with a huge smile on my face though and just managed to catch the last train home.
I sat singing Bitter Ruin songs to myself with my headphones in. Which seemed to scare the people around me, but I was on too much of a natural high to care.
Every time I get out of a Joe Black show. I have restored faith in humanity, I am not so scared to like the things I do, Or dress the way I wish too, because it is what makes me happy. After the week I had had this was exactly what I needed. The perfect start to the Christmas break.
I cannot wait to make a start on my sleeve in the new year, based on the paintings of Victoria Frances, with all of my musical and artistic influences. Joe Black shall be the Ring master on my forearm. :)
And now with this renewed faith, I wish to say, to all of the people, that keep telling me that an Art Degree is pointless, that art isn’t a career choice and my doing it can only mean I am stupid.
Fuck, you. =]
It is what I love. It is what I wish to do. I could easily get an office job like yourselves… earning lots of money and wishing I had a different job and more time. Or I could work hard on building up my portfolio and be doing photo shoots and making music videos. Being completely happy with what I have and actually living.
Following the crowd and admitting defeat on being who you are, who you want to be, may work for you. But I will not change myself to fit in. I like to consider myself a good person, I never hurt anybody intentionally or put myself ahead of my friends and family. If you are going to pass judgement on me, base it on who I am. Not what I wear, or my choice of study. That is dumb.
Thankyou Mister Joe Black for keeping my spirits up when I want to give in.
Thankyou for being a performer, Don’t stop until you have to! I cannot imagine a life without Joe Black shows.
This is living, This is music.