Saturday May 31st 2014
I woke up at 6am and stayed awake until 8. “I can’t sleep.” I said. “What can I do to help you?” Thoth asked. “It just helps to tell you.” I said. I fell back tosleep until noon. I made breakfast for us and wrote my blog. We started getting ready to perform at 4:30. I tired wearing my hoop skirt, but it had gotten pretty messed up during the flight. I was really frustrated. “Why did I bring it? It takes up a lot of room in my suitcase.” I said. I looked for my silver dancing shoes, but realized I forgot them! I was so frustrated and sad. “I have to dance in my sneakers for 6 months.” I said. “Where are they?” Thoth asked. “I don’t know. Last time I wore them was for the Mad Noise show. I have no idea where I put them after that. I could ask Nana to look for them in the closet, but I don’t know where they are.” I said. “We could order some and have them sent here.” Thoth said. “No. I don’t want to waste money on something I already have.” I said. I was very sad as we left the house.
The Meadows were full of students having BBQ’s. It cheered me up. “Look how everyone’s dressed! Short sleeves! It’s like they think it’s a beautiful sunny day.” I said. “They do. It’s usually not like this.” Thoth said. We walked to the entrance of the University, but the big middle gate was closed. Two gates on the side were open. We went inside. I suddenly felt very scared and alone. We were planning on playing there today. The resonance is really nice, but there’s an incline, which makes it difficult to dance. The car noise from the street was actually pretty obnoxious, too. We both just stood there for a while, wondering what to do. The closed gate blocked people from coming inside and listening to us (and giving us money.) I suddenly got terrified we wouldn’t make any money while we’re here. What would we do then? “We should play. If nothing else, it will break the ice.” Thoth said. “Something opened up for me when I played here 10 years ago.” We set up our violins and played facing the University instead of the street where the gate was. “It’s counterintuitive, but people will come in because they want to see our faces.” Thoth said. We started, and the acoustics made our voices soar, but I was feeling very sad. I saw people coming into listen from the corner of my eyes. People even clapped when we finished. It wasn’t a lot of people, but some. One young man, a student, even bought a CD. The first. “That’s what happens.” Thoth said.
We walked to the Arcade down the street and went in. There’s another really resonant space here. “People will come in.” Thoth said. He had also played here 10 years ago during the Fringe. We played, no one came. Only two people with carriages. They threw us coins. I was really bummed. We stood there and talked. “I’m really spoiled. I don’t like playing to no one.” I said. “Yes, you are spoiled.” Thoth said. We played one more piece and packed up. A man who worked at the restaurant next to us had been watching us. He loved our voices. “People don’t come in here when it’s nice outside. It’s been very slow today. Come back when it’s raining. You’ll do really well.” he said. “We’re getting more information.” Thoth said.
We walked to the Royal Mile and set up at the steps to the church. People started gathering as we set up. I wasn’t expecting anything, but a huge crowd gathered as we played. We got very energetic and theatrical. The acoustics weren’t as good as the University or the Arcade, but there were a lot more people and it was quieter. I’m used to gathering crowds in acoustic places. When we finished, people came forward to tip us. That’s more like it! “I saw you guys in San Diego.” a man said. “My daughter loves you guys. She will go nuts that I saw you.” he said. We played another song and the crowd stayed. People even bought CDs afterwards! I was so happy! I “I’ve seen a lot of buskers on this street, but I’ve never seen anything like you.” a man said. I didn’t know where the rest of the CDs where, so I searched for them in our stuff. A lot of the audience left. We played two more song, and it was harder to gather a crowd. We were exhausted when we finished. A little girl waved at me from across the street. Her and her parents came over. “She saw you from across the street.” her father said. “What’s your name?” I asked the little girl. “Charlotte.” she said. “Do you want to take a picture with her?” her mother asked. I leaned down and took a picture with her. “You’re like her dream.” the father said. “I’m a fairy princess.” I said. “Where are you from?” Thoth asked hearing their American accents. “Brooklyn.” the father said. “We’re from New York, too.” Thoth said. “Oh? Where?” they asked. “Manhattan.” Thoth said. “We play in Central Park.” “Do you guys play under the bridge there?” the wife asked. “Yep. That’s us.” Thoth said. “We recognize you. We see you guys ever so often.” the man said. “They are our neighbors sometime.” they told their daughter. They gave us a donation and said goodbye. I was touched.
As we walked home, two women sitting at a bar stared at us. “Excuse me, can I take a picture with you?” one came up and asked. “I can see no fucks are given.” she said. We took a picture and she asked where we play. “We just finished playing at the Royal Mile.” Thoth said. “Will you be there tomorrow?” she asked. “Yes, not sure what time though. We just got into town.” Thoth said. We gave her a card. “We’ll look you up.” she said. We went to the grocery store and got a few things then walked through The Meadows home. We were both really tired.
Thoth made dinner while I counted our money. I took off my costume and we ate dinner. At 10, we both lay in bed and fell asleep. I woke up an hour later and watched “What Dreams May Come” and we went to bed at 2am.