Weekend in Larisa

Some video from this working weekend (April 15-18, 2011). Went up north to do a couple of gigs with Tilemachos, Trikala and Larisa. Mostly for the good. It rained and cancelled our plans to bike around Trikala on our day off. We were obliged to spend Saturday surfing the net with the hotel wifi. Later, coming home, I discovered that the bus had free wifi. Wow and wow. I called a bunch of friends using skype and chatted as the greek scenery unfolded around me. Very 21st century!

Much of the trip I was entertained mightily by my new smartphone, the mighty Nokia C7. I packed it with videos to watch on the bus, surfed the wifi, played Angry Birds for hours on end, including in the dressing room waiting for the show. Marvelous. Watched the documentary about Ray Kurzweil “Transcendent Man”. Was doubly appropriate to watch it from a hand-held device. As he said, “The computer in your pocket would have cost 350 million dollars in 1965.”  An example of the mindboggling acceleration of technological innovation we are witness to.

The shows went well, I was in good voice and playing form, the audience in Trikala won my love because they didn’t yak and jabber and even shout all the time as the Greeks usually do. This is a major flaw in the Greek public. They talk endlessly during shows, looking up only occasionally to see what the hapless bozoes onstage are up to. This makes it hard to play to them. The Larissians were as guilty of this as the Athenians. You want to give ’em a slap.

Now home. Good to sleep in my own bed.


Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

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