Sunday November 8th 2015
Today was a phenomenally feel good day. No noise, no chaos, just us, our creativity and our prayformanace and the Angel Tunnel.
I got all decked out today and even decided to make a vlog. I think that it might be great to show AND tell what happens for us on any given prayformance in the park. Instead of saying “Somebody said blah blah blah,” to SHOW them saying it. Or instead of saying, “Our voices felt really strong today” to SHOW that in a video. I think it would pack a bigger punch. The difficulty is keeping up the stamina to blog AND vlog regularly. Vlogging takes a ton more time than blogging does, but it’s a one-of-a-kind lifestyle that I think many people would be interested to see.
The terrace was buzzing with people looking for something to enjoy. A crowd gathered as we set up, same as yesterday. That is always an exciting feeling. People are waiting for us to play. A few people asked when we’d start, two people who’d seen us in Lisbon waited , too. I love when people say they’ve seen us in other countries. What an amazing play! We had big, big audiences for the entire 2 hour set. FANTASTIC!! We were surrounded on all sides during “Anya.” Thoth made a big “whooping” sound and a puppy barked back. The whole audience laughed! I couldn’t stop from smiling. It was so funny!
People who came forward seemed to be in awe, spouting off compliments as they dropped tips in our case. “I don’t have any money, but you have my admiration.” one man said. Our friend Kim brought her baby to see us. She watched for a few pieces. “You guys get better every time.” she said. Eric, Belinda and their two kids came to see us as well. “I love the harmonies.” Belinda said. We got to finish with “Scottish Song” to a big crowd. SO lovely!
A woman stopped us on our way to the subway. “I saw you guys on Friday. Are you on Instagram?” she asked. “I’m kind of crushing on you.” she said. She took our picture.
We got on the subway with a couple who said, “We were just talking about how amazing you are!” A man sitting next to me asked “Are you in Cirque?” “No, we perform independently, originally composed operas in the park and all over the world.” I said. “I hope you make it some day.” he said. That’s funny, because we have already. Suddenly people started asking for our picture. “Now everyone is paying attention to us!” I said. People laughed. Usually people on the subway act like nothing unusual is happening, even though were wildly dressed up. It’s never happened before. It made me feel slightly famous.
We had sushi for dinner, again!I am so happy!! Vlog coming soon…
Friday July 10th 2015
I did a similar look as last night, but used different colors. I’m liking the blue on me! It matches my eyes. Juda was on security tonight. I was able to get a picture of him with Thoth. He’s SO sweet! A gentleman named Jorge came up to us as we were getting ready. “You’re back!” he said. He used to watch us all the time when we were here in 2012. He was extremely excited and happy to see us. “My friends called me and told me you were here,” he said. “I stay and watch your show.”
He stood in the corner and watched us for the entire 2 hours we played. What a wonderful night! I was happy we played “Esh and Ee-ay” tonight. We had big, attentive crowds blocking the sidewalk the entire evening. People came into the space and stood along the wall. I LOVE when people do that. No one sat down, but I love when people are in the “womb” with us, so to speak. It feels like we’re supported and safe and loved. The Spanish woman (I don’t know her name) came to see us again and watched for a LONG time. She was bobbing her head along with the music and I could see her make emotional expressions of delight when we did pretty vocal things. She was right there with us. What an amazing thing. I felt so beautiful and proud of what we are doing. Our work is meant for crowds and focused attention and cheering like tonight. I wish we could experience that every single prayformance, forever. When we finished, people clapped for a long time, led in no small part by Jorge and the Spanish lady. It took a while for the audience to disperse. I love when that happens, too. People didn’t want to leave.
We talked about the prayformance as we packed up. An old woman and her friend asked if we were finished and we told her we’d be back tomorrow night. Two young people came over and said, “We’re waiting anxiously for you to play. We saw you in Madeira. Are you finished?” We could have played for another hour, but 2 hours is enough singing for one night!
We went to Brasserie for dinner. MmmmMmmm!
Wednesday September 24th 2014
Thoth nuzzled me awake gently, as did the Babes. It was so sweet. I love how he wakes me up. I was inspired so I did white face and pinned my hair up and put flowers on top. I felt very pretty. The park was a very comfortable temperature. The Boyds were singing in the Angel Tunnel when we arrived as usual. John Vincent came and shook our hands and said hello as he always does. “You look like you’re ready for a wedding ceremony.” he said. “I am,” I said. “This space feels like a cathedral, I want to dress for it.” I said. Miriam arrived to sing, but a wedding party came and told us they were doing a ceremony, so we waited to set up. Miriam asked us if she could still sing for an hour. “Sure.” we said. We’re so happy she continues to be respectful and comes to discuss things with us. Time kept passing and the bride didn’t show up, When the time came the wedding people said they’d be finished, Thoth went over and told Miriam she should start, so she did. An old friend saw us and said she’d stay to watch us. Eventually, when the bride still hadn’t arrived, we brought our stuff into the center and began setting up. Instead of saying anything, the wedding party simply moved out by the fountain to do the ceremony. I was irritated that they wasted ours and Miriam’s time, but at least they left. Wedding parties always do that. We ended up starting at the same time we usually do. Miriam told us the Mother-of-the-Groom went up really close to her face while she was singing and said angrily, “My son is about to get married.” “How rude! I’m sorry that happened.” I said and hugged her. I told her it was going to rain pretty heavily tomorrow.
Our friend Bartoz came and sat on the pillar to watch our entire prayformance. He was meditating while we sang “Anya.” We had big crowds and quiet the entire time we played. We took full advantage of today. I can’t describe how amazing it is to be spinning around the floor, dancing and singing and expressing myself and having a huge audience there supporting us. It’s magical to be dancing around looking into Thoth’s eyes and seeing all the people watching us. It’s amazing for so many people to show their support so generously. I felt like an angel today. I was grateful for every smile, every compliment, every bill put into our case. I was totally humbled that we are able to give our art and people give back to us so we can continue doing it. New York is being very good to us, and I am so grateful. We’re not entitled to it, it just happens. We work hard for what we make, but we do it with humbleness and kindness. Two other performers were watching us and waiting for us to finish. I saw John, the rude violist, setting up out of the corner of my eye. I didn’t understand why he was setting up when the others had been waiting to play. When we finished, we talked and took pictures with people. “Any day now, Thoth.” John said impatiently. “Can you get your shit out of the way?” he said. “We’re talking.” the Frenchman said, shocked at John’s rudeness. “Is it true they’re all that rude?” the man asked Thoth.
Bartoz came and sat with us while we packed up and took pictures. We walked with him towards the subway. We saw two of our friends on 5th Avenue and talked for a few minutes. I went into the Piere Hotel to use the restroom. I stood staring at the beautiful dome ceiling. A big, burly security man asked, “Can I help you?” as if he was wanting me to leave. “No.” I said and left. We went on the subway with Bartoz and hugged him goodbye at 14th Street and went back to Brooklyn. We got salads at the health food store and went home. We ate dinner, I took a shower, then wrote my blog. “Remember we were supposed to do that gig tonight?” I said. “I totally forgot about that!” Thoth said. “I think the universe brought us success today so we didn’t have to worry about it.” I said.