I apologize for such a long time in-between postings but my laptop crashed on me not to long after my last post. Anyways, things on the ship continued to be pretty dull until about the last 2 or 3 weeks. We got a new drummer and bass player and brand new cast all of which were much younger and willing to go out and have fun. It was really a blast those last couple of weeks. From the picture above you can see that I visited the Segrada de Famalia in Barcelona, Spain. It was truly breathtaking and without a doubt in my mind was the most amazing thing I have seen yet.
As for the “second” trumpet player drama everything turned out. I remained lead trumpet and we actually became roommates. Sometimes I forget to remember that everyone is human, and yes he does have amazing range, but he also has issues with the things that I find to be fairly easy. It worked out great, if there was anything that I couldn’t handle I would pass off to him and he usually had no problem with it. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed working with him.
The ship was a fantastic adventure for me. I got to see Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Naples, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Egypt, France and a little more. I do know that I will not want to return to the ship unless its a short contract in a location that I really want to see. I have listed some of the Pro’s and Con’s for me, as a trumpet player, about the cruise ship life for any of you who are thinking about it.
•Lots of Performances & Playing
•Playing Multiple Styles and Genres
•Meeting Many People & Making Connections
•You Get Paid
•Destructive to Chops (if you’re not used to playing high and loud all the time)
•Lonely At Times
•Lacks Creative Expression
•Lacks Rich Harmonies
Ultimately I am very excited to head back to the states and begin planning my life for the next year.