End of the Road, Heading Home

fullsizerender-3The last shows I can talk about for April were extraordinary.
One was in Lebanon, on which my Black Howl team hopped: the Beirut Madinati fundraising concert. That group was different, fighting for what was right, gave a lot of hope for Lebanese people, inspired change. So you could imagine how honored I was when they called me to get Black Howl on board. I wish I had been in Beirut for that, but this was the first project where I tested my team. Let’s say I was proud all the way from the US.
The second was in NY, and I got to be on board of the production team, with Boschi Events, delivering the We Are Family Foundation‘s gala dinner, honoring U2’s Bono and President Jimmy Carter.

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I also had the chance to gather a few bands for a private dinner. Make sure you check out A Case For Brooklyn.

May was about relaxing, saying goodbye to NC, FL and NY, having a pit stop in London, embracing friends that live around the world…

I was fortunate enough to join Jason to learn how to prepare the gear for a tour. Jason is Two Door Cinema Club‘s current stage and backline manager, and when I’m around, he always has me on board, teaching me a lot of things we don’t have the chance to learn in Lebanon.

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The last night to my long trip was more than perfect: a friend I met on Byblos, another roadie, called up and told me he had an extra ticket to Radiohead’s sold out show and the after party. So I tagged along Robbie Williams’ and Muse’s roadies and went to see one of the best concerts I’ve seen. Maybe Radiohead being my favorite band had a lot to play in that.

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The summer in Lebanon was near, and that meant tackling our festive seasons with the numerous concerts coming up and being fully active again.

The first 4 months of 2016 were about travel, but it also was about therapy, getting lost in order to find myself, discover and learn new things. As I was settling back in Beirut, I noticed I didn’t like sticking to my old routine of going out to the same places every day and night. Beirut could have that toll on you, as it’s small and you all know the same people, who eventually hang out in the same places. Waiting for big work to kick in, I tried to embrace daylight rather than nightlife, I met new people, I put a stop to daily bars and dinners… I visited places in Lebanon I hadn’t been to in a long time, I camped more, giving nature the time I always thought it deserved. More importantly, I crossed off a bucket list point, and a fear I wanted to get over: Climbing.

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And as I can never stay away from work, I had been preparing a concert in Lebanon with my team, while I was abroad: Adonis at the Beirut Spring Festival. It was sort of relaxing to have a team I could count on, and just land in and see them set up and get things done to deliver a good show.

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Water and Colors

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This week it’s mainly rain.
It’s a bit challenging to go out and draw, but the weather didn’t keep me home.

I went on to Notre Dame, following the GPS in my phone.
When I got there, I was amazed.

The first thing I saw is a homeless guy covered in birds, spreading bread or kernels or seeds all around him. The sight of that, just seen in movies till now, made me smile.

As I walked further and closer to the cathedral… I was struck.

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How big, how amazing, how detailed, how studied, how glorious that structure was.

Cathedrale I’m a lucky person. It wasn’t raining.
I was freezing, but water wasn’t dropping. So I sat down and brought the water to my notebook.

Putting the colors first, playing with the drops. And then, going around the whole details with the black ink.

Drawing gives me patience, and opens my eyes more to every little thing that something can hold.
At first you just see a huge cathedral.
Then you sit and you draw, and you see these gargoyles, these sculptures, this gothic architecture, this difference in sides, the colors…

You see it all. Just take the time.

Then I went inside. It’s been a long time since I’ve been inside a church.

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The statues, the colors and the vibes are just… breath taking.