I’m hit, I’m hit!

No, wait. It’s just my MacBook. Or actually, not mine, it belongs to a friend of mine, but I’m sort of responsible for the damage.

It was Midsummer Eve – which is a one huge party all over Finland (and Finland’s the place to be then, no matter whether it’s raining your ears off or scorching heat) and I was gigging. The roadies were taken a few beers too much and forgot to fix the stage clamps, which made the whole stage rig one big trampoline. If the guys in the front jumped up & down, the stage behaved like a flooding tsunami. Waves, literally.

Then the rack it was placed on started to move. I noticed it crawl, but had my hands full, playing as I was. I watched silently MacBook fall down from the rack top, landing on its screen. Mysteriously, both the USB and FireWire cables were still connected and backing tracks running. Phew, I thought, it just scared us.

The song ended and I had some seconds to move the laptop back to its place. I froze. The screen was gone bad. Actually, it was crushed.

It was devastating to see how the gig would end – or would it? There was a tiny fragment of display still intact, about 1.5 cm x 8 cm, and if I used my finger carefully, I’d be able to select the right song file: I had printed a song list on the paper, which I never do. So, if I moved my finger 4 mm down, the mouse pointer moved down one song slot, selecting the 10th song means I’d have to move it 4 cm down. Press Space to start, listen to click. The tempo sounds familiar, maybe… Yes! ūüôā

The main reason for the accident was, as it turned out later, not remembering to place the soft cushion-like piece of 3 cm thick polyurethane underneath our live MacBook. A mistake almost costing us our reputation as a live group (Ableton Live group, that is) and with some bad luck, the gig would have been over just after one song.