Friday October 30th 2015
I love trying new things with makeup.
If we could only have a little quiet. I know it’s not always going be quite, it’s a public park. But our music is made for the park. It’s supposed to be an oasis from the city, a retreat from the noise, a sanctuary from the chaos. That’s what our music is. Gentle, calm, soothing, yet we have to make such effort to be heard. It’s high time we started performing in theatrical venues. The Angel Tunnel isn’t what it used to be.
There are two groups that play the tunnel these days who don’t know us or care much that we’re there. The duo that comes more often is unamplified, but one plays box drum so it’s very thumpy and tiresome. The group that comes less often does the same thing (guitar and drums), but they’re amplified. Today they started up in the middle of our set. We had to stop because it was too loud. It’s so frustrating. Usually it’s only the weekends that are noisy, but now it’s every day. I tried expressing how unfair it is for them to set up on us, but they don’t listen. How would they feel if someone started playing close to them who were louder? They wouldn’t be able to play and they wouldn’t like it either. It’s the law of the jungle out here.
A woman named Joanna came up to us. “I came specifically to see you. I’ve been looking forward to seeing you for 2 weeks.” she said. “We can’t play because of the noise.” we said. She was disappointed, but stayed, hoping we could play another song. A young man asked when we’d be starting again, too, and I told him we couldn’t because of the noise. For a moment, I thought he would go over and ask them to stop, but he didn’t. Wishful thinking. We waited, and thankfully the group stopped and Joanna got to hear 4 more pieces. The unamplified group had left, so for a moment it was quiet and we had a huge applause after “Pentagram.” We thanked Johanna for staying with us. “You deserve so much better. Your music is sacred.” she said and gave me a big hug.