Believe – Expresso Morning Show



There are few things that I hate more than early mornings. They rank up there with lies and betrayal, and war and politics. And let’s be honest, nothing says rock ‘n roll less than setting your alarm for 4am. Thankfully I had TWO alarms on the day in question, one on my phone, and the other, a rather sympathetic wake-up call from Holiday Inn Express reception, just to make sure I didn’t snooze past my call time at the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3. I take a while to warm up in the morning, but I was surprisingly bright and breezy before I’d even had my second cup of personality. The excitement of pre-Fugard epicness puts a spring in my step that I can’t ignore, and that was evident as I hit the ground running for a 16 hour marathon of a day that started with hair, make-up, soundcheck, lights, camera, action… all before the sun had even thought about rising.

Expresso was an absolute blast! The team working behind the scenes are far too chipper for so early in the morning, it’s not natural, but were an absolute dream to work with. I was interviewed by Katlego Maboe, and it was rad chatting to him between segments about all things music (he’s also a muso in case you didn’t know). I don’t even mind that he embarrassed me in the kitchen. I know better. Who can make an edible omelette in 2 minutes anyway!

Jokes and sore losers aside, it was epic fun and I’ve been blown away by the response I’ve received to the songs. It means more than I can say to hear stories from strangers about how this music that means so much to me has moved them in some way, and it makes this whole journey, for all its highs and lows, an entirely worthwhile fight. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for listening.

As it turns out, early mornings can be rock ‘n roll. Who knew?!

© Shannon Hope 2017