Thursday July 30th 2015
I had trouble doing my makeup today and was feeling unexcited about playing. The last two weeks were so bad it sucked a lot of energy out of me. I was able to get my makeup to an acceptable place. As we got ready to play, a young woman, Fatima, and her friend came to watch us. She reminded me who she was. “You wrote to me and told me you were here.” she said. They sat down and waited for us to start. When people sit down and wait, I know we’re going to have a good night. The moment we turned our little spotlight on, people began to stop in the street to see what we’d do. Led in no small part by Fatima and her friend, audiences clapped loudly and enthusiastically the entire prayformance. We played the opera and for the first time in 2 weeks, it felt amazing to play. We were sweating buckets after the first two songs. Everything felt really solid. I act more when we have an audience. When nights like this happen, I am sure of our success at Martha’s Vineyard in September. It makes me imagine how people will be so focused and attentive and cheer for us like they did last year. I’m looking forward to it. Lots of people sat down in the entrance of the parking garage. When one person sits down, it encourages others to sit too. I can’t tell you how much it helps us when people sit down. Sitting shows commitment. To have a bunch of people sitting near us and everyone else gathered around behind them feels like a real prayformance. I find the most joy when fans come with the intention to see us and stay with us for a long time. It means that they care about what we’re doing. When we finished, an audience member bought both of our albums. She had sat and stayed for a long time. We packed up and another person who had been watching our show gave us compliments. “You are classically trained?” he asked. ‘Yes.” we said. “You act well, too.” he said. I like when people say that. We were very happy. The sound of that loud applause gladdened my heart. I was so grateful. Things DO get better!