On the Cruise Ships I work with a live band.
My "Land" shows are backed up by computer driven music or MIDI.
This is my desktop music production studio.
The band is played by the sequencer shown on the computer screen. It's a little like a modern day player piano. The computer triggers what notes I've programmed at the right time.
Instrument selection, volumes, velocities, reverb and pan position are all written into the sequence one by one.
To the right is my sound module. There are over 1,000 sampled and synth instruments and 60 drum sets in that small box.
My small MIDI keyboard is played and the information recorded in real time on the computer.
Many entertainers buy their music pre-recorded. I'm not able to do this. My instrumentation, vocal range and original songs require custom, one-of-a-kind arrangements.
My show music may not be as polished as some pre-produced music, but they are all me!
I've just booked a cruise on the Holland America Prinsendam!
The cruise will take place December 19 through 28, starting in Ft. Lauderdale and ending (for me) in Barbados.
It seems I've entertained on every ship in the Holland America line except for the Prinsendam. It's a smaller ship with 750 passengers, about the size of the old Love Boat. Smaller ships always seem more friendly with better food and service!
More calls are coming in for shows in the 2016 Snowbird season.
Yesterday I got a call to play the Cypress Cove Resort.
I didn't recognize the name right off, three out of four resort names in Florida have the work "Cypress" in their title.
Cypress Spring, Lone Cypress, Cypress Hills - that sort of thing.
It turns out Cypress Cove is a nudist resort in Kissimmee.
If they approve the act I'd do it.
It'll be nice to have the audience entertain me for a change.