Geneva was hot this morning and with a line of angry looking clouds in the distance to the North East, thunderstorms were in the daily headlines once again. My Blitzortung app. was flashing away and our very short flight to Sion looked like it might be ‘interesting’. I leaned out of my balcony and rested my arms on the railing burning myself in the process which required me to hold a chilled bottle of Coke from the mini-bar in between my arms for 5 minutes for relief. Note to self – check temperature of cast iron railings before frying one’s skin.
We left the hotel and reports from our pilots were as expected. Thunderstorms in the area meant we would remain in seats with seatbelts fastened for the duration. We took off in blazing sunshine and flew over lake Geneva with some very dark areas of cloud ahead and to our left. Pretty soon we were heading right into the darkness and the highest peaks of the mountains below disappeared. It wasn’t particularly bumpy but the sight of a few lightning flashes nearby was enough to prompt some internal unease. A steep descent into Sion and we were soon safely on the ground and at the venue.
Tim and Paul found time for a friendly match…
A quick soundcheck and some food and we were left wondering how to cool down as the backstage areas seemed to lack any sort of cooling. As the evening wore on, it seemed the coolest place was in the football stadium. The venue was actually next door in a large field. I found a spot and took a nap in between light rain showers. Come 9:30, we were ready for a show and with the weather being particularly cooperative now, we had a great show in front of another fabulous crowd. All done and we left the stage and headed for an overnight stay in the ski resort town of Haute Nendaz where the bar was kept open for us and the friendly staff were there to provide a few after-show libations.
Something struck me yesterday at the show in St. Julien, every time the audience sings that ‘ole, ole, ole’ song, it’s exactly on or near the key of B. It’s always puzzled us as to why this is consistently the case so I decided to investigate. I suspected it might be something to do with a resonant frequency of the Earth and I came across some info on the Schumann Resonance. A frequency of 7.83 Hz which is something close to a B, just below in fact. Often the key at which an audience sings is exactly just below a B, coincidence? This alerted me to the existence of this documentary. Well worth an hour and a half of your time.