Last night, we journeyed over miles of asphalt to enter the always buzzing city of Amsterdam. City of canals, bikes, the Rijksmuseum, and the exceptional Royal Theater Carré. This majestic theater, with its historical ornaments and dozens small stairways, welcomed us with a warm, red velvet decor.
As the lights turned off, the first melody of the Metropole Orchestra delicately rolled over the audience. The largest full-time ensemble in this world, gathered in 1945 by the Royal family to bring pleasure and hope to the Dutch people, vivaciously made clear that this aspiration has never faded.
While all sorts of ears on the 1.750 chairs were attracted, mister Gregory Porter, touched the stage. And as soon as he touched it, it instantly did not matter where you came from, how your day had been, or what your fears were when you touched your red velvet Carré chair. This voice, this luminous voice, helped us escape the reality we live in.
There are few experiences that can lift us from our ordinary life. That can bond. Move. Music is one of them. Music goes one level up. Melodies do not judge. Try it, and find your kind of comfort. On your own. In the car. Or at the office, with colleagues with whom you can connect in a very unexpected, extraordinary way.