Sunday August 21st 2016
Our last day of the week to prayform. We needed a break. Blackfriars isn’t the best space for us. The lack of acoustics is hard on our voices. The constant movement of people back and forth isn’t the best for us either. It makes it hard for crowds that have stopped to stay. They tend to move along with the crowd when the song is over. We do get big crowds there though. Our crowds are the same everywhere in the world. Big, sometimes generous, sometimes not and (I can’t speak for everyone) usually very fascinated, amazed and moved by what they’re seeing, because they’ve never seen it before.
We got there late because the train wasn’t running. We had to take the bus and the tube. Kaja, Emil and their three kids Rachael, Jeremy and Kora came with us. We wouldn’t have gotten there at all if they didn’t come. We would have gotten lost. Thankfully there was no one playing there when we arrived. Just as we were setting up, a guitarist arrived. “It’s usually 2 hours here.” He said. “We’ll probably just go an hour an a half,” I said. “Our show is really big.”
We played for almost 2 hours and it was very, very tiring. Anya came again to see us. Our voices were strained by the end. The guitarist came back and waited for the last half hour of our play. We had big crowds, but they weren’t as energetic or generous as yesterday, even though Kaja and Anya were clapping during the exciting pieces. We have to find a space in which we get back as much as we are giving. We never do, but some places are much better than others. I’ve learned over the years it’s never us that makes a day good or bad, it’s the audience or, at times like this, the space we’re playing in. The guitarist was very kind. “That was inspiring.” he said when we finished.”
The long trip to Blackfriars plus the long play made me very tired. We went to Waterloo to have sushi at Wasabi again (I told you I could go there every day) and then we had to take the tube and bus home again. I lay my head on Kaja. When we got home, we shut ourselves in our room and I edited footage and blogged until 1am. I’m so proud of us for grinding through the last 3 days. We did what we needed to do. Time for some days off!