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
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
To learn more about Enoch Train and their participation on the historic SeaTrek 2001, go to http://www.enochtrain.com.