‘Tis the season

No, not that season. It’s concert and theater season here in Amsterdam.  Last night we went to see David Sylvian at the RAI theather.  I don’t know his music very well so really didn’t know what to expect.  What a treat it was!  His voice is deep and full and almost gives you shivers.  He had 4 other musicians playing with him (plus a Mac).  The music was sometimes complex and always interesting.  That sounds kind of clinical, which is not what it is at all; I just can’t find the right words to describe the music.  It’s definitely unique and well worth checking out if you don’t know it.  DB also has a nice review on his blog, in Dutch.

I always know if I really like certain music, or a show, if at the end I feel like “what, already over?”.  David Sylvian played for nearly two hours and I still felt that it was too short and I wanted more!

The only down side of the evening was the lousy organization at the RAI.  The tickets said that doors opened at 8:00pm.  The website said the same thing.  We showed up at about 7:50, came in, and realized that most people were in their seats already!  We tried to hurry in the doors, but in the end had to wait til the first song was over before we were let in.  A lot of other people had the same problem.  It wasn’t til after the 4th number that the musical chairs in the audience had stopped and everyone was settled.  Good grief.  So, live and learn!  Don’t trust the RAI’s information!

Next week we go to see the Vliegende Panters (Flying Panthers) in Carre.  This is a comedy group and will be yet another Dutch language challenge and learning opportunity!  If you get comedy in another language, you really are good.  I’m not that good.  I get about 75% and count that as a victory.  There’s only so much slang and cultural language things that you can handle at once!  Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes.

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