Delta Moon on the Move

Delta Moon has been doing a lot of moving lately — ten shows in ten days in Germany, Austria and Croatia, then a day off to drive back to Germany, a bunch more dates, and another day off to drive to Italy. We play our fourth show here tonight before heading back to Germany, where we will get a night off because singing and dancing on Good Friday is against the law.

Italy has been so much fun I can’t tell you. We played two shows in Milan. Monday night the opening band — we’d met them at a festival a few years ago, including our good friends the Xeres brothers — all ended up on stage with us. The trumpet, trombone and baritone sax solos raised the pandemonium to a level that took me completely outside myself. I thought nothing could top that experience, but who could have predicted last night’s audience at the Theater Nidaba? They not only sang along with us, they started making up their own parts. By the end of the night, as we stretched out a jam on “Shake Your Hips”, we were swapping licks with a choir.

Of course, I could tell you about epic Alpine traffic jams, constant packing and lugging, and the never-ending struggle to stay one day ahead with clean clothes. In Vienna I lost my bolo tie with a glass eye set in a silver pyramid. We’ve traveled through a lot of impressive cities and beautiful countryside. But after a while it all blurs together, like an overheard conversation in a half-understood language.

What stands out in clear focus are the people — the old friends we are happy to meet again and the new ones we are making. And when you get right down to it, that’s what a musical tour is all about.

Top photo: Street art in Milan.
Bottom photo: A Croatian barbecue with our pal Tomislav Goluban. Thanks, Mario!

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