Ahead of our double headliner shows next week, the wonderful Rhea March invited me and Lisette in to join her on It Takes A Village on Tuesday afternoon.
Of course we'd planned to be there early, but arrived a minute or two late, only to find there was buckets of time for us to set up. Set up only with a 5 time Grammy nominated music producer, the wonderful and modest Miles Wilkenson. No biggie. We were both doing our best to keep our cool until we realized Lisette left her piano stand in HER car at MY house.....table time! The table we stole from the CJSR corridor was good and sturdy....until we realized it would be a job to get the mic stand configured around it. No problem! Then Miles discovered that the keyboard Lisette rented had no 1/4" output, only headphone output....mono it would be! We just decided to make light of a silly situation and try to retain what dignity we had left with Miles. While Miles was setting up and I was sitting quietly in my chair in front of my mics, waiting for direction, Lisette was busy setting up her DLSR. Where to put it.....here? Stacked on this organ? Here, balanced on this windowsill? As I was offering suggestions of building a tremendously precarious tower of benches and chairs Lisette lamented the lack of tripod. She did own one. And it was still in my car. In the car park. I suggested I run back, as the thought of squandering this photo/vid op seemed unthinkable to me. We thought it best not to interrupt Mile's work flow. Not long after though, Miles was ready to soundcheck Lisette so I decided to make a break for it. I went running through the halls of University of Alberta, back up the stairs, out through the doors into the raging storm, wind blowing everywhere; the opening doors yielding like floppy sails. Through the pedway, down the stairs, into the car park and up the ramp back to my car, all the while praying I didn't get lost. Tripod, check! Now run back, down the ramp, up the stairs, through the pedway, into the storm......back just in time for soundcheck while Lisette set up a perfect angle for the camera. It occurred to me I need to get back into working out.
Rhea arrived in shortly after for our preinterview. So hilariously enough, when I was choosing my name, I knew there was a Polish rapper called Liroy. It wasn't until last week when I went to make a publishing profile that I discovered what a big deal he really was and that he was all over iTunes and Spotify. I had intended to amend my website and all social media BEFORE the show, but obviously didn't. Good job, Liroy (if that is your real name). This caused great confusion for Rhea and I proceeded to be addressed and a combination of Liroy and Liray (what I'm changing to) all throughout the show. I love how she put the stress on the "li" part and made it more of a French "le"....I sounded so fecking posh! Totally the opposite of me in real life. Thanks for that Rhea!
Congratulations to the wonderful Tomothy Zrobot (I love that you have "robot" in your sir name!). He called in and scored himself two tickets to our show in Bohemia on 21st June! Come say hi when you'r in there, Timothy!!!!
We finished things off with a little photoshoot. Once again Lisette and I couldn't help but be utterly ridiculous!