The following photoset tries to explain just part of what happened on Sunday.
Suffice to say that Paul and I thought Charlotte O’Connor was due to go on stage sometime between 2 and 5.
I woke around midday with a hangover. Probably earlier. Lets say around 10. I went to bed around 4, so that’d mean I had 6 hours sleep. I woke up with a hangover but for some reason was really efficient at mixing and layering sounds and time-matching for editing some of Ryan’s videos. I did three or four in the next few hours instead of two a day. It was efficient.
I met up with Paul at this pub that Charlotte’s show was going to be at around 3. I was tired and thinking of avoiding drinking. We decided that since we were there, we’d have one drink and just relax for a bit. The gig had been announced to not start for three hours and she wouldn’t go on for five hours.
We had a drink. Or three. Time passed on.
Eventually we wandered up stairs and listened to the opening acts. I wasn’t sure what to be expecting for Charlotte’s music. I’d heard that my friend Toby had co-written with her. A couple of months back after one of the nights of Ryan’s tour, I’d been passed out on the floor in my boxers about ten minutes before she was due to get to their place, and I’d scarpered rather than be there when she wandered in, and looking like shit. The first thing I noticed was that she’s absolutely stunning. Visually she is just captivating. Her eyes, even when making nervous glances out into a crowd, shine with enthusiasm. When she smiles you just want to smile back. When she talks, this friendly northern accent sweeps you away and then when she sings you just wish that you’d gone and done something else with the evening because you realise that you’re going to be a little bit obsessive about that amount of good things in a person all in one go.
I think people need to be introduced to her step by step. Perhaps first with the songs. Then with how she talks when she’s not singing. Then maybe visual. Then just being in her presence to see the way that she can single handedly gain everyone’s attention…
I filmed a few of her songs and a cover she did of Videogames by Lana Del Ray. It’s getting quite a few early views. She’s shared it a fair bit. Hopefully we’ll do a proper Mid Tea session at some point rather than relying on a video I made whilst drunk.
Til then, here’s the vid.