yes, i was around the med for xmas and new year.  had a really good time and although there's a certain 'groundhog day' element to it, i think it's something i'll definitely want to do more of.  at the moment, i'm just contemplating whether i want to play with a band or go as a 'cocktail' pianist.  the thing about the solo gig is that you can play pretty much what you want as long as it's not too 'out there' and you keep the volume down.  when you're playing with a band, you do get to  play some stuff but you also do lots more cabarets and shows and things like that.  i guess musically, the solo gig would give me more opportunity to improve but i kind of like the camaraderie of being in a band - we'll see what happens...

any of you guys ever worked on the ships?
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