Back in KL, Malaysia, my friend Khairil asked me whether i was up for playing at his sister’s wedding. I said that i would love to, but by June i would be back in England. He went “..no worries, the wedding will be in Mykonos, Greece !!! “. Ok then, this sounds like an adventure !!!
After 6 months spent in beautiful tropical destinations, one might think i had enough of Sun, sea and sand…Well, not at all! There’s something absolutely unique in the beauty of Greek landscapes. The hot dry air, the turquoise sea and the clear blue sky, are things that you might hardly get all at once when you are close to the equator. This is possibly the best combination ever…Glorious weather, gorgeous food, and last but not least, just 2 hours away from London, on a comfortable Easy Jet flight !
My Greek driver was waiting for me at the tiny Mykonos airport, and once on the cab, he took me to my hotel straight away ! My place was a lovely family runned guesthouse, with white walls, white bedrooms, white bedsheets, and an amazingly chilled blue swimming pool !
My gig was only in the evening on the day after, so needless to say, i put my shorts on , ordered a bottle of local beer, and splashed in the cold refreshing water, while the sun of the early afternoon, was blinding all around and a gentle breeze was blowing from the nearby beach!
Few hours into this egean bliss, i receive a message from Khairil family: there’s a cocktail party going on at sunset, and they would love me to play few songs for the guests. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy this first Miserable Man greek experience and to thank my lovely hosts ! So i get in another taxi, where the driver looks incredibly like my brother in law, and while passionately smoking a local fag, asks me if i mind him smoking, as if i had any decisional power over that matter..! This is Greece, for God’s sake…and real men… smoke !
The hotel was on the other side of the island, so during our short car trip, i could enjoy the beauty of this place in the quiet of the early season, when only few scooters drive around the dusty roads, and the Greek people can still can make the most of their beautiful hometown, before the crowds of July and August turn this place into a 24/7 party place.
Once the first guests started populating the beautiful terrace, the staff would provide everybody with colourful drinks. While the sun was about to set, the light gradually turned to different shades of orange, pink and red, as the laughters were getting louder.
It’s Showtime ! The place is all glowing in the amber evening light, the guests had their first drinks, and it’s the perfect time to start playing some tunes. I will opt for a Jazzy, Latin, Acoustic vibe, and if the people will show some engagement, i will push it abit on the Ska side !
While playing in such a beautiful and exclusive setting, i could’nt help thinking how much i love this “job”…Seeing new places, new people, travelling the world only because of the notes coming from my voice and guitar…Yes, i feel like this is my calling card !
One of the best moments for any musician, is to be able to enjoy the after show, when the pressure is gone, and all you have to do is sample drinks and fingerfood, while everybody around is having a great time…!
The next day i’m ready to play at the drink reception, after the ceremony. The setting is fantastic, and although the weather is not as good as the day before, the atmosphere is great. A big space, few visitors, the rough sea and a sweet breeze blowing…
I take few shots while walking around: the bride had this great idea: a photoboot for the guests, where friends and relatives will have the chance to leave some funny souvenir, trying out different hats and make ups..!
When the ceremony begins, i can’t help taking few backstage shots. The setting is one of the best i’ve ever seen, and all the guests seem to be soaking up the magic atmosphere of this part of the island !
Many drinks later, i realized that maybe it was bedtime for me: i haven’t been that drunk since my teenage years !!!! I managed to go back to my room but i had to walk as no taxi wanted me to get onboard…this might explain a lot of things..!