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Shot by Paparazzi

Sunday September 28th 2014

Photo by Dan Rubin.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

I got up and did my makeup. I braided some of my hair and wrapped it around like a headband. I really like white face. Have I said that before? I’ve learned over the years what colors and looks suit me best. I am my own canvas. I pinned up my pink tulle skirt. I need a new costume! We were a tad late leaving for the park, but got to the tunnel at the same time we usually do. We sat in the wings and waited to set up. A family with a 6 month old puppy came and talked to us. They’re big fans. The daughter is 10 and very smart. She let me hold their puppy. The family remembered us from last year and said they’d be back on Wednesday to see us perform. Sal, the director of the film, came to see us and we talked about the film some more. When the Boyds finished, Miriam came to sing. When she saw me, she ran to hug me and picked me up! It was so sweet! We set up in the front while she sang in the back. I only had one string of bells. ūüôĀ I wore my lamb hoofs on the other ankle, but they didn’t make much sound. Dan came to photograph us. We went to the corner and took some lounging pictures while waiting to start. When Miriam finished, I hugged her goodbye and we began prayformance.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

Our crowds were strange today. Big, but strange. There were a lot of paparazzi. A group, perhaps a family, of Asians snapped pictures of us non stop for the first 5 songs. This happens all the time, but today was different. I felt like I was being shot. They all stood directly in front of our case so no one could see our sign. One man was particularly intrusive¬†and got his camera really close to my face and came into our space to get shots. The photographer’s little son plopped himself in front of our case twice until I had to ask him nicely to move. I know it’s a public space and people can do what they want, but I wish people would be a little more conscious. These people just took picture after picture. I felt robbed. They even blocked other people from watching us. I like¬†Dan’s style of photographing. He knows what we’re going to do, so he never gets in the way. He’s gentle and humble, and he always sends us beautiful¬†pictures. It’s give and take, not just take. I encourage people¬†to watch us with their¬†eyes, not their¬†cameras and smartphones. Later, the break dancers came downstairs. They weren’t super loud, but it was right in the middle of “Sea Expressions,” one of our sweet pieces. We had a big crowd and most went over to watch them. I feel betrayed when that happens. If some guy started whistling and drawing attention to himself during a concert of ours, they would be thrown out, but in public, everyone goes to watch them. Odd, huh? We were able to do the rest of our set when they stopped playing the boom box, so it was ok.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

We were both exhausted when we finished. The performing couple who came to see us perform yesterday came back. I thanked Adam for his letter. He asked us straight out, “Do you collaborate?” I was taken aback. He wants us to play Irish music with him. I didn’t know how to say “no” nicely. “It’s a pretty busy year.” Thoth said. “We’re usually pretty stubborn and do our own thing.” I said. Dan sat with us while we packed up. “Thank you for spending time with us Dan. We love having you with us.” I said. “Yes, thank you Dan.” Thoth said. We walked to the subway together and said goodbye.

The subway platform was slowly filling with smoke. It got so bad we decided to leave and look for another entrance. We got to another station, but there were no downtown trains, so we walked to yet another station and finally went home. We were both horribly tired when we got home, but we had to go out again to have dinner with Katharine and her husband. We took showers and got dressed again and walked to the train. We finally arrived at Kathrine’s apartment and had dinner. We were so tired once we ate, we talked for a little and went home again. Thoth was still hungry so he got a sandwich at the deli and we went back to our apartment. Thoth passed out in bed and I wrote my blog.

I can’t wait to make the movie and rehearse for our opera. I think it’s time we had a theatre with focused audiences and a quiet, resonant space to perform our work. It will be a luxury to be paid to film the movie and it will be a luxury be paid to rehearse for our opera. That’s why I’m not so upset these days when we have a hard day. We have other things besides public performance now. I love performing in public, but performing indoors is pretty amazing, too. It’s a blessing we can do this work together.

Flourishing Creativity

Thursday September 25th 2014

Photo by Dan Rubin.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

I was dead asleep when Thoth woke me up. I hopped up and started doing my makeup. I was inspired to try something a little different again. I tied my hair up and stuck the feathers in and wrapped tulle around it. I painted some random wisps and glued buttons and jewels around my face and wore all my new necklaces and bracelets. It was a bit breezy when we got to the Angel Tunnel. I was underdressed. We waited in the wings and read. John Vincent came and said hello. “The break dancers came down for two shows earlier, but they left ’cause they couldn’t gather a crowd.” he said. “Were they quiet?” I asked. “No. They turned it up whenever we turned ours up. It’s good they left.” John said. Miriam came and said hello before starting to sing. No one came to the park yesterday to play. We set up and Dan came to photograph us. I’m glad he did. “You’re all dolled up.” he said. When Miriam finished, we slowly went to stretch and start prayformance. It was another lovely day. There was a rehearsal going on for a big concert tomorrow on the Great Lawn. We could hear it as if it was upstairs. It didn’t bother us while we prayformed. I’ve notice we stay at a distance from each other when we perform. I suggested we try touching each other and intertwining at points. Thoth is nervous I’m not yet conscious enough with my violin and bow. While we played during “Pentagram,” we he tried to kiss me! It was so cute! We’ll probably do it again. A man said I was channeling angelic frequencies near the end of our set. That’s sweet.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

When we finished, Dan and I went out of the tunnel to take some pictures. The other opera singer, Marcela, had been waiting to play, so we turned the space over to her. We walked with Dan to the subway and said goodbye. He took pictures of us across the subway platform. The train was crowded. We got food at the health food store and went home. I was completely drained energetically. I took off my costume, stuffed my face with food and got in the shower. Michael, our drummer friend from the Bay Area, called. I called him back and we talked for almost an hour. I told him about how I’m dealing better with negative people. I was so sad and angry last year. I’ve learned I don’t have to let negative people or situations affect me. I told him I am so grateful things are going well, because I know how bad things can get. I no longer feel entitled to money or compliments, I am grateful for them. I no longer judge or feel hatred towards others, I let things go easier. I’ve learned I can control myself and myself only. I want to be a loving and good person, to smile at everyone. I want to be an angel for others. I told him I know now that if I do good work, I will be taken care of. I trust that now. He was proud of me. Michael is so easy to talk to. He gets my thoughts flowing I get a sense that he really respects us and admires what we’re doing. He used to perform with Thoth in his band back in the ’80’s. We have a special connection. I’m excited to make the new album with him in December. He’s a caring soul.