JOURNAL

Last Night of Tour: Musig im ochsen and a Puddle in Zurich

We arrived at the Hotel Ochsen in Muri for our last concert of the tour after a considerably laborious journey –  a drive from Nové Mesto, Slovakia to Vienna, Austria, then a flight from Vienna to Zurich, Switzerland, and another drive from Zurich to Muri.  I have always wanted to play at Musig im ochsen.  Hundreds of jazz greats have performed in the hotel venue and the concert host, Stephan, is a legend in NYC.  A well-loved musician himself, Stephan has a generous heart, a passion for music, and a marvelous collection of instruments.  For years, I have watched faces light up as my musician friends detail their visits to Muri and the exceptional hospitality they received from Stephan and his family.  I am eager to report: the stories are all true!

Muri is serene.  Cows and sheep graze in the green pastures, goats wander the cloister grounds, and snow-covered Alps surround the pastoral scene.  It truly is a world away from  New York City’s crowds, noise and endless concrete, not to mention the city’s dirty streets and subway.  I did not see a single piece of trash on the ground in Muri.

The concert was exciting and emotional for me.  Between songs I quietly reminded myself to savor every note, to be fully aware of the fleeting magic of this last concert.  We played to a full house of attentive listeners who applauded us back onto the stage for an encore.  After the concert, I sold CD’s and had a chance to chat with local music lovers who frequent Stephan’s concert series.  We had an intimate after party in the hotel cafe where Stephan opened a beautiful bottle of red and we toasted to a two-week tour well done.  The band compared notes with Stephan on their favorite jazz musicians while I sat listening, enjoying hearing the band speak in English for a change!

The next morning the band and I savored a traditional Swiss dish prepared by Stephan’s wife, Miriam.  Älpermagronen is potatoes, cheese, and pasta with caramelized onions on top and applesauce on the side.  It was mouth-wateringly spectacular!  I reluctantly stopped myself form taking a third helping.

As I was departing Muri, I received a Facebook message from Petr, the jazz promoter in Kladno.  It read “You’re leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when you’ll be back again, oh babe, we hate to see you go.”  Oh Petr, I hate to go!

But off to the airport – The band had to go back to Vienna to retrieve our tour van and drive our gear four hours back to Prague.  I was flying to JFK by way of a one-day stop in Madrid.   When the time came to say goodbye to my band mates, my eyes welled up.   After hugs all around, I waved  goodbye to Tomas, Lukas, and Roman.  Once they were out of sight, I turned into a puddle.  I will always carry joy and gratitude for such talented and special musicians who brought their gifts to my music and this incredible tour.

 

This entry was posted in Journal. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

"EARLY MORNING STILLNESS" LIVE ON
WFSB'S "BETTER CONNECTICUT"

>> More Videos

UPCOMING SHOWS

  • Sorry, there aren’t any upcoming gigs right now. Check back soon!
  • NEWS JOURNAL ABOUT MUSIC PHOTOS VIDEO LYRICS TOUR CONTACT