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Overcoming the Noise

Friday August 26th 2016

We left Sutton for Blackfriars at 1pm. Kaja, Emil and their friends would arrive later. We got there at 3pm and there was a saw player playing. Thoth spoke to him. He’d play for another hour and a half, so we could begin at 4:30pm.  Kaja and Emil arrived with their friends. We waited and I listened to my Ipod so I didn’t have to hear the saw. It gets old after a minute or two. “Saw is a great walk-by act. People are intrigued by the sound at first, but it diminishes in interest after a few minutes. What we do is instantly curious and intriguing at first, too, but it gets better the longer people listen.” Thoth said. A very loud pile driver started banging away several times while we played. Unbelievable!

Turns out, the saw player was Polish. Kaja and Emil talked to him once he finished and we set up. We played for an hour and a half and Kaja and friends sat and watched. The pile driver started up for 10 minutes during our third song. Annoying. We got through it, but stopped and waited for it to stop. Thoth did an improvisation to it and then went into stillness while I sat and waited. Kaja and friends clapped for the “Gypsy Dance” and “Interlude” and two girls started dancing. People love us. When we finished, our intake was pretty disappointing, but I counted my blessings. It’s still not the best spot for us. We have to find a spot where people’s generosity somewhat matches what we’re giving. Kaja was very moved with today’s prayformance.

We walked with everyone over the bridge to a bar in a train station. We were both feeling very happy, even though we didn’t do well financially. We’re doing the best we can. Eating when we haven’t eaten since last night is so amazing. We took the tube back to Victoria station and took the train home. Long day. I want us to be able to come to London next year and be doing well enough to stay here for a few months. It took years for the space in Lisbon to work out for us. It might take that long here, too to find the right space. I’m grateful for what we have, of course.

“I Like Your Style.”

Monday October 20th 2014

We went to a new sushi place near 4th Street for lunch. We got a nice table near the window to people watch. I finally got my sushi fix! We went to a frozen yogurt place next door for dessert. A cute girl was staring at us through the window. She came inside. “I don’t mean to bother you while you’re eating, but can I take your picture?” she asked. “Sure.” I said. “I love your style.” she said. I was dressed all in pink and Thoth was in his black kilt and brown suede jacket. He looked kind of gypsy-ish and I looked kawaii-ish. Opposites. 🙂 I like that our styles are so different. I think bandmates usually have similar styles, but ours compliment each other by being completely different. I would have never thought of that before I met my husband.

I finally have an all pink and white wardrobe! It took me years to collect it and make it my own. I love pink. Even when I was a baby, mom and dad dressed me in pink and my sister in blue. I freakin’ love my pink hair. The longer it gets, the more I can do with it. Every time I bleach and dye it, it’s a different color pink. I’ve never had hair this long. I don’t think I’ll ever cut it again. Thoth looks cute with his head shaven and his little puff. He was very playful and happy today. He was stressed out this weekend. I think he feels better now the theatrical shoot is finished.

I can’t wait to see the movie! I think it’s going to be gorgeous! A lot of people have come together to make it happen! I can’t really believe Sal is putting so much money and time and energy into this project. He’s so passionate about it! He’ll be in post production for months. I already know it’s going to be amazing because the little short he made of us in the park was amazing. He’s making something out of what we have to offer. He’s not only paying us, he’s going to give us a beautiful film of our work! I am flabbergasted at his and the team’s generosity. Sal, his wife and Nova have been so kind and generous. I trust them entirely. I can’t really believe they’re doing this. I’m 26 years old and a movie is being made about us! I’m not just in a movie, it’s about us, our work, our music, our story. Sal loves what we do so much. I can’t thank them enough.

I find it interesting that some people aren’t able to visualize us in a theatrical setting when they see us perform in public. I could easily see Thoth was the most theatrical performer I’d ever witnessed when I first stumbled upon him 6 years ago.  I remember in London, our friend Kaja and her daughter were watching a video of us on Youtube. “Why are people walking by? What are they doing? The entertainment is right there!” her daughter said. Dan is the same. He’s been a fan since the very beginning. He didn’t need fancy sets, costumes and lighting to know what we were doing. Sal could see we would look beautiful on film without any difficulty. Maybe some people don’t have a good enough imagination! 🙂

It’s interesting how I always go through an awkward stage when figuring out a new costume and headdress. I’ve been trying to create a new look for about a month and a half, and by the time we started shooting, I finally figured out something I love. That always happens. I let go of one look and create a new one. I always get tired of a look, even when I think I’ll wear it forever. I wore my tulle headdress for 2 years I loved it so much. But eventually it didn’t look good as my hair got longer, and I wanted to start using my real hair. For the past 6 or so years of prayforming, I’ve never been able to use my real hair as a headdress. It was never long enough. Our friend Michael (the hand drummer) inspired me to grow it out. He has beautiful curly, long salt and pepper hair. I want my hair to be long and bright pink when I’m 60.