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By Clive Romney

Enoch Train Reaches Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -- About three this morning the storm abated and everyone began to get some sleep. Today we will say goodbye to many of our friends, Christian from Switzerland who plays great blues guitar, Kirsten from Denmark who loves to do "head arrangements" of hymns for choirs, Tom and Ellie from the Washington, DC area who came to discover their roots and left with new friends, etc. This type of bonding is not supposed to happen in two days.

We enter Copenhagen harbor about 11:30, give our greetings to the Little Mermaid at the harbor entry, and marvel as the tugboat maneuvers us into our berth.

Today is the first official "Rock the Dock" concert solely under Sea Trek's auspices, and in spite of numerous obstacles and difficulties, it comes off well. We feel the hand of the Lord far more than we deserve, helping us in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

A van was supposed to come to the ship and carry our instruments to the stage. But when it didn't come, most of the band decided to walk down to the stage area to check on it. I stayed back to guard the instruments. I got out my accordion to practice the "Saints on the Seas" parts and was astonished when someone tossed some coins into my open accordion case. It was three 11-year-old Danish boys who spoke amazingly good English. I agreed to sing them something that was already rehearsed and got out my guitar. I sang them a song and others gathered around and tossed in more coins! Christian, Jens (Yens), and Andreas agreed to help me carry our instruments to the stage in return for all the coins in my accordion case! When we arrived at the stage Amy, the assistant entertainment director, presented the boys with SeaTrek Volunteer t-shirts, and they became our official groupies for the day.

We played for the VIP dinner aboard the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, ran to the City Hall where the premiere of Saints on the Seas was to be, and set up. Enoch Train opened the premiere with three numbers, Scotland the Brave, Duane Street/Hancock, and Babylon/Paddy Clyde. The black-tie audience was a little stiff, but we felt like they loosened up as we played, and got feedback from several people afterwards that it was so.

The Saints on the Seas Oratorio was magnificent-Kurt Bestor has written a wonderful work with Cori Connors and Mark Robinette. The Estonia National Symphony was excellent, but we borrowed a couple of music stands from them and it took us ten minutes to figure out how to unfold them! Yankee ingenuity just ain't what it used to be. Enoch Train ended the evening by accompanying Jenny Frogley singing "Good Winds". We were then whisked back to the dock for the fireworks display which was magnificent-as grand as any I have seen.

We are back on the ship again tomorrow, so it may be a couple of days until we can report again, but I'll tell you this in advance-Janice will be much happier from now on. She's doing the rest of the trip by land!

Ahoy until then!



Courtesy of Enoch Train
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