Sunday March 29th 2015
Our fan named Elaine responded to my blog about our slow, disappointing day yesterday with this:
Keep your spirits up, Lila – like the tree in the forest that still makes a sound when it falls even though there is no one there to hear it,Tribal Baroque is authentic, unique, talented, etc. whether there are hundreds in the audience, or just one. We have a prior obligation this afternoon, but hope to be able to catch a few numbers near the end of your set today.
Thank you Elaine. I actually said that to Thoth yesterday, about the tree falling in the forest.
I listened to “Waters of March” and danced around while doing my makeup this morning. I dressed colorfully today. Forrest and Tasha picked us up to take us to the park. Forrest dropped us off at our spot. The Sister’s annual spring picnic was set up right next to us. We put down a blanket and watched a bit of their ceremony before getting ready to play. “Bring forth the bucket of dirt!” the speaker said. Everyone sang a long high note. It was hysterical. I love the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence. They’re both creative and spiritual, like us. Sister Yeshe and Sister Ida are big fans of ours. Mel and Carissa came to the picnic and to watch us. They’re friends with Yeshe and Ida. Tasha set up a blanket on the grass to watch us. Mel, Carissa, Ida and Yeshe sat in lawn chairs behind her. Forrest sat in his usual spot in the hallway, this time in a chair. Ali came again to photograph us. I asked Forrest for a dollar to spike the case, but he, Tasha, Sister Ida and I think Ali gave me money. Ida sprinkled glitter in the case as a blessing.
We had big audiences the entire day. Our friend Bill always cheers. I realize that having him in the audience makes other people cheer, too. He’s one of our biggest supporters. He always stands at the back. I looked him in the eyes during “Ee-ay” and he was crying. Having a few different groups of fans watching us helps us to have a great day. Mel is a great cheerleader, too. She always hoops and hollers. It’s good to have a few cheerleaders in the audience. It gives the people who are seeing us for the first time permission to cheer. I know that’s what most people want to do, they’re just not sure if they can. I love it when our friends make an afternoon out of coming to listen to our music in the park. It’s one of the most supportive things people can do. Just staying the entire performance and clapping helps us so much! Thank you Bill, Mel, Carissa, Forrest, Tasha Sister Ida and Sister Yeshe! I can’t tell you how much we appreciate your commitment and love for what we do. We love you guys. I appreciate all the other people who support us, too. We have people like that in every city we prayform in long term. There was a woman in Lisbon who came so often she was weeping on our last day because she didn’t know if she’d ever see us again. I know the effort it took to go to the Angel Tunnel to see Thoth all the time. It means so much to me. Dan Rubin in New York comes so much to see us, he makes it worth going out 5 days a week. We always get great pictures from him. I know there are other people who come to see us a lot, but I don’t know them yet. The more fans and support we have in a city, the more tempting it is to stay.
My voice sounded good, but I started feeling sick as the prayformance progressed. Eventually I told Thoth. I was able to sing through the entire opera, plus 4 of our old songs somehow anyway. I’m proud of myself for getting through it. We hugged Bill and our other friends before packing up and Forrest and Tasha drove us home. Bill walked with us to the car. He doesn’t know what he’s going to do with himself when we leave town. He looks forward to the four months we’re here all year long. I miss our San Diego friends so much when we’re gone. Sometimes I fantasize about living here, but I’m not ready to settle down yet. It’s interesting how close we are to our friends here, yet we don’t see them but 4 months out of the year. Lisbon may feel lonely compared to here. I feel though it is our duty to share our music with as many people and as many places as we can, when we still have the desire to. Maybe at some point we’ll settle down, but we’d have to prayform more than 3 days a week in order to retain our sanity. San Diego feels more like a time of rest in relation to the rest of our year. From the middle of May through November we’ll be prayforming 5 days a week in Lisbon and New York City, which will equal to 130 prayformances! Most professional opera singers don’t sing as much as we do.
Forrest invited us to his birthday dinner on Friday. That will be fun. I told them I was feeling like I was getting sick. I went in the house and did a nasal cleanse, gargled Apple Cider Vinegar and took 6 Vitamin C, then I lay down to rest. I took a long, hot bath and got in bed again. My throat felt horrible. Eventually I got up at 9:30 and ate dinner before writing my blog. My throat felt better. I fucking hate getting sick! I hope it passes quickly!