I wanted to tell you a little about my crazy week. Last Thursday I was swimming in the ocean off Byron Bay in Australia. On Friday I got off an overnight flight to Los Angeles from Sydney. On Saturdy morning I got off an overnight flight to NYC from LA. On Monday I got off an overnight flight to London from NYC, then shot an interview with legendary Scottish performer Stanely Baxter for the BBC. On Tuesday I went to Buckingham Palace and collected my OBE (Officer of the British Empire) from Princess Anne. On Wedensday I flew back to NYC, and on Thursday I sang That's Life on the M and M's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on US TV.
I will be writing about this nutty seven days in a diary piece for The Lady, which only adds to the nuttiness of it all I think. Here are some pics from the OBE day...
I am writing this from a plane!! Yes, really!! I am blogging from 35,000 feet. Thanks to Virgin America and their free inflight internet. I need to sleep now though. I have had a total Virgin overload: Virgin Blue from Gold Coast to Sydney, V Australia from Sydney to LA, and now Virgin America from LA to NYC.
It's the most time I've spent in the company of a Virgin in a long while.
Hello from Sydney! It's great to be back, and on Tuesday I start a five night run at the studio of the Opera House. I am opening with a new song written by Lance Horne that is amazing but very wordy and very nervous breakdown-inducing.
Ah well. To take my mind off that I have been trolling youtube and found these, old and new.....
Right now, I'm down in Savannah for the film festival. Dare is playing here tomorrow. I just did what is rather grandly billed as a masterclass with some of the performing arts students of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I always like talking to young actors because they have lots of interesting questions and I sometimes feel I am talking to myself, and able to say things I wish I had heard decades ago. Mostly I say stuff like: be yourself, try not to become a 'type' because you think you should; if it doesn't work out think of it as a positive in that you've found out that acting isn't for you and something else is rather than you've 'given up'; you are the most interesting thing about yourself; and always wear a condom. That sort of thing.
On Tuesday I will be flying to Australia to do I Bought A Blue Car Today in an unlplugged version with just me, Lance Horne on piano and a cellist! We'll be at the Sydney Opera House from November 10-14th, and at the Brisbane PowerHouse on November 15th! Shouldn't be a drama!
Here's a video my friend Ned Stresen-Reuter shot for my friend David Raleigh's song I Do.