Saturday May 30th 2015
I was inspired with my makeup and hair. I’m going for “Angel from Outer Space.” I put a bunch of random things on my face and pinned some necklaces in my hair. I don’t plan my looks, but they usually turn out right. I even clipped some lights in, too. We saw Victor (the manager of Gardenia) when we arrived at the space. “Would you like us to turn the music off?” he asked. “We’re still getting ready.” Thoth said. He went down and told him about the scarf salesmen who are annoyed with us. Victor laughed. He thought it was funny. “You’re artists.” he said.
A couple (who had come to watch the end of our show yesterday) arrived when we started and stayed the entire 2 hours. We had a crowd before we even started. Thoth and I had talked about increasing the energy of “Esh,” which we did tonight. Just like that. We figure things out when we perform in public. There’s nothing like it. If something isn’t working, we can immediately fix it. We have to. I was much more focused and energetic and theatrical tonight. Without an audience it’s not the same. All of the issues I was having with the opera last night melted away. Something changes in me when we have an audience that’s cheering and clapping. To my astonishment, we saw the woman who used to come watch us all the time a few years ago. I don’t remember her name. She has orange hair. When I saw her, I ran towards her and we embraced. She doesn’t speak much English, but she absolutely adores us. After our last performance in Lisbon in August 2012, she was hugging us and crying. I didn’t know if we’d ever see her again. She asked how long we’d be here. “3 months!” we said. “I’ll come see you again tomorrow!” she said. She stayed for another song and left. “The only way we would have seen her again is if she walked by and saw us, and she did.” Thoth said. Life is amazing, isn’t it? For the entire 2 hours we had big audiences. By the end, people were piled on top of each other trying to see us. I love this space. It feels protected. It feels like a stage. Especially when we have big audiences blocking the entrances. On a good day, we block the entire street because everyone wants to see us. The test that our music is captivating people is if we can stop them in their tracks in the street. I think we have some of the best audiences here than anywhere in the world. I wish our fans from other parts of the world could see us here. I know they would love it, too.
We were so happy, we went to the thai place for dinner. The owner has known us since 2010. We actually sat outside his restaurant when we first came here looking for Pensao Atalaia! He wanted all our change. Once we counted it, we gave it to him. All restaurants here want our change. In New York, we have to go to a bank and get the money changed. We had a nice dinner. There were lots of people drinking in the street. It’s such a fun atmosphere. People stare so openly at us. I love it. Things have changed so much for us, and we’ve only been here one week! I’m so proud of us!