The Melbourne singer writes about her recent American tour with D'Angelo. Intro and captions by Meg Mac.
"My name is Meg Mac and I'm from Australia. D'Angelo & The Vanguard are taking me around America."
I say this every night after my first song to the crowd. There is this mutual understanding that I am a very lucky person and I can feel it. I can feel the slight confusion as I first walk out on to the stage, a very real and strong feeling that I'd better be good and have something to say.
I am nervous every night, but once I sing it goes away.
The dressing rooms are usually close enough in most of the venues that I can hear D (that's what everyone calls him) and the band warming up together. They're all singing together and clapping — I have never heard anything like it in real life. I watch them all in a circle chanting in the carpark in Dallas, D'Angelo gives me a big hug and then joins everyone for the pre-show ritual. I am inspired before the real show has even started.
Before the tour started I would listen to his music over and over as if it was my tour homework and I needed to prepare myself and know everything. But every moment I had with the guys, they wanted to talk about my music, they were so nice. I was travelling around a country, so far from home, I was gone a long time - but it felt like some sort of home.
I liked to watch the show from the audience and soak it all up but there was something so special about watching from the side of stage and being able to see his audience. They were so happy. There is so much energy in these rooms, what he does is so powerful.
I have been counting down the days I get to do a show again since I got back to Australia - there is nothing better than the real thing. And being a part of this tour has made sure I never ever forget that.
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