Sunday October 16th 2016
We got to the park a bit late again. Didn’t matter. We had plenty of time to play. We got all ready, said hi to the Boyds and started. Dan Rubin came to see us. “Surprise.” he said. We had another great day. A lady bought two CDs before we even started. She had seen us play the year before and was looking for us again today. Magically, there we were. She stayed and listened for a while. People were very supportive. I wish we sold more CDs! I know people don’t buy CDs as much anymore. I sure don’t, but I don’t know if they would buy download cards if we invested in something like that. Who knows.
The highlight of the day was when Kalan Sherrard showed up to see us. He’s a fellow street performer who does unusual things, one being his puppet show using animal skulls, inside out stuffed animals and baby doll heads. I think he’s a talented puppeteer. He offered to do a puppet show for us when we were finished. While we packed up, we talked. He’s a very intelligent young man. Only one year older than me. He’s been doing what he does for as long as I have, too. 8 years. That’s saying something to me. He was very smart and mentioned something no one else has said. He noted the difference in our sign compared to Marcela, the armature opera singer who sings after us. Ours says “Donations Greatly Appreciated.” where as hers says “Singing For Dollars.” There’s a big difference. Her sign shows clearly, as she has made clear in what she says to us, that she’s only doing it for the money. That’s not what we’re doing. We’re doing it to express our creativity. Money is a bonus, but not central to our work. Having that kind of mindset when doing what we do causes us to do well.
We walked him to a little park inside the park where we used to sit after prayformance in 2013. He found a little nook to set up his puppets and did a show for us. It was funny and we laughed a lot. A few people stopped and threw him a few dollars. We gave him some too. “I think you’ve given me too much money.” he said. We took the subway together and continued talking about lifestyle and art. It was great. He definitely feels like he’s part of the tribe. We had a lovely dinner at Santos Anne to reward ourselves for a great week of prayformances!
Saturday October 15th 2016
I did my makeup while listening to music. I liked it. Someone said they loved my look when we got on the train to the park. Weird. People usually say nothing about how I look. Strange.
Got to the park a bit late. There was a wedding in the tunnel 20 minutes past our start time, so it didn’t matter. We would have been upset if we had been on time. We had a great Saturday prayformance, which is unusual for us. Usually Saturdays are slow and weird. It was super busy in the tunnel when we arrived. A wedding was happening in the corner and there were lots of people just milling about. We arrived late, but the Boyds were there holding down the space. I don’t really like chaos at the park, or anywhere for that matter. We started 20 minutes late, but oh well. It’s fine! Big, pretty generous crowds to start, big, not so generous crowds at the end. When people are generous and interacting with us, other people do. When people don’t, they don’t. It’s nice when someone(s) set a good example.
We had a nice big “Bravo!” when we finished, unlike yesterday. We felt happy. Patricia came to say hello and was very loving and friendly to me. She said my makeup inspires her, which is something that doesn’t happen much. She told Thoth he better take good care of me. “You sound like my mom!” I said. “But you’re not my mom.” I said. “No, I’m your friend.” She asked if I had her number. I said yes. “Then use it.” she said. That’s nice. We passed by her on the way out of the park and I blew her a kiss. 🙂 We had a yummy dinner. Got a cheap chicken and salad with potato wedges. Yum.
Wednesday October 12th 2016
I did makeup today. I liked it. Makeup gives me an opportunity to be more creative. It’s like painting or drawing, but on my face.Our friends Cover Story were sangin away in the Angel Tunnel when we arrived. They always acknowledged us. Sweet. It was an… interesting day. We had a big crowd for “Anya,” but “Romanza” and “LA’s Waltz” gathered no crowd, literally. No one watched us. They walked past us as if we weren’t there. Not standing at a distance, no, not standing there at all. Like we were completely invisible to everyone for two entire songs. We suddenly had a crowd again for “Gypsy Dance.” It’s not us, it’s just the day!
We both had fun anyway. I was focused on being as expressive as I could. Our friend Eric and his best friend came to see us on their yearly walk through the park on Yom Kippur. They both knelt and listened to “Plucking Song” and the stood and clapped for “Sea Expressions.” Eric is such a supportive and inspiring friend. He inspires us. I wasn’t thinking so much about money, as we weren’t doing that well in that department today. I let myself do whatever I wanted in terms of expression, not caring if anyone liked it or not. I was inspired. That’s what prayformance is for. It’s a communion between me and the universe. Amazing we can make a living having a communion with the universe, with the earth and the sky and the birds and the trees and the people. When people treat it spiritually, it is. Prayformance is many things. Theater, music, dance, self expression, sacred expression, self therapy, performance, art, creative expression… We walked to the East Side and found a diner to have dinner at. Yum.
Saturday October 31st 2015
There were lots of kids running around in little costumes as we walked to the subway. This is the one day of the year it’s ok for the general public to dress up and be what they want to be. We are our wonderfully outrageous selves every day. 🙂
Everyone wears a costumes, but I prefer being on the flamboyant side of the spectrum. It’s more fun that way I think.
A woman recognized us on the subway. “I saw your show in Martha’s Vineayrd!” she said. Amazing. It’s the first day in 7 years that Halloween fell on a Saturday. That meant there were lots of people out in costume. The last time that happened was back in 2009 when I first started prayforming with Thoth. SEVEN YEARS. Can you believe it?! I’ve grown and changed so much!!
People took pictures of me while we waited in the Angel Tunnel to play. “Your costume is magnificent.” Thank you. It was quiet today, finally! Dan Rubin’s brother Josh came and watched our entire opera. A young man sat in the corner against a pillar and watched our entire prayformance. We had sold out of all but 2 CDs, which he bought just as we were finishing. His name was Jandre, from South Africa. “I came here just to see you. I saw you last Fall. It was life changing.” he said. He even reads my blog. It means so much to us when people come to see us and stay and listen. We finished off the day on a high note!
What a Happy Halloween!!!
Sunday July 6th 2014
Thoth helped me set up our Twitter accounts this morning. Now Tribal Baroque has one, I have one, and he has one! Please follow us! I find that I like Twitter more then Facebook. Maybe I’ll really get into it, like I’m into my blog. I want us to have more presence on the internet. It’s important that our fan who can’t see us live and interact with us.
My friend Katelyn Fay linked a video to her Facebook page I found interesting. It was a man who seemed quite crazy answering questions in a pretty profound way. “Love now!” he said. Somehow I found the man’s website. His name is Matthew Silvers, and he is actually quite sane. He’s a street performer who works in Union Square. His website had several interviews and videos of his “performances.” He dresses in a speedo and tennis shoes and tries to make people laugh by acting idiotic. It actually made me laugh. Silvers seems to try very hards to make contact with people. All of his Youtube videos have thousands of views. I have mixed feeling about his work. He has no clear talent. He doesn’t sing, or dance or play an instruments, yet I do admire his bravery to be himself and his philosophy behind his work. “Love is the answer.” seems to be his mantra. To each his own, I guess. Some people may be so keen on what we do, either, but it does take a lot of talent and bravery to do what we do. Anything people see as ‘different’ can be seen as crazy.
Fiddlers on the Ramp were just packing up when we arrived at St. Giles. While we set up, someone yelled, “Get a job, you hippies!” It too me by surprise, but when looked up and I saw our busker friend Various, I said, “Coming from you?” and we all laughed. “You’re back?” he asked. “Yep, well, until we go to Amsterdam.” Thoth said. “Welcome back.” Various said. A big crowd waited for us to get ready. I had to go fill up our water bottle. I passed Various and danced around him. I was so full of energy! “I get some percussion!” Edgar, the saw player said. “Sorry!” I said, trying to tiptoe around him. The audience was still waiting when I returned.
People behaved much better today then yesterday. I don’t get it. Rainy weather makes people more responsive. Why not sunny, nice days like yesterday? I am just happy to sing and perform. It’s been exhilarating these days. I can put all my excitement and inspiration into prayformance. It’s an incredible blessing. I put all my every emotion put into my work, but it feels best when I’m inspired. I try new things, and it gives Thoth more to work off. Seeing that incredible performance in London has given me a lot of inspiration. I’m so happy we went. Yesterday I was inspired to be more theatrical, today I was inspired to be more crazy. They’re both the same thing really. They both take courage. I’m learning to be much more theatrical then before. I used to rely too heavily on my vocal ability. I though, I don’t need to move and dance around too much, it’ll spoil my singing. Now I see how my movements enhance my vocals. During every prayformance this week, my voice has felt crystalline. I wonder how high I’m actually singing. I’m reaching some extremely high heights. I love when I feel inspired to try new things vocally and physically. That’s the great thing about prayformance. Just so long as I don’t step on Thoth’s toes, I can do whatever I want. He is there to support me. I’m feeling fearless these days. That’s a good word to call it, fearless! I hope to grow more fearless as the years go by. It was pouring again by the time we finished, but we got to play a full set! Laurence came around and said hi as usual. He’s so sweet.
In the evening, I made dinner for myself and continued reading ‘1984’ while Thoth made dinner for himself. I talked to my sister on Skype. She was holding a sweet kitty. I started watching ‘Titanic.’ It’s curious how movies change on you as you get older. I have a whole new prospective on the character Jack. He’s a free spirit, just like me. He lives a life of spontaneity and chance, like me. Rose is trapped. Yes, she has wealth, but no freedom. It shows how money really means nothing in the end, only freedom and love. I don’t have much to my name, but I am free, and I will always be. It could not be any other way!