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Such a Successful Weekend in Central Park!

Sunday September 25th 2016

Today would be a good day. There was nothing happening in the park, nothing at the Bandshell to bring the break dancers downstairs. It would be peaceful and quiet. I was sure of it. I did myself up for a Sunday prayformance, the best day of the week for us.

3 4I was right. As we walked through Strawberry Fields, we passed Josh, Dan Rubin’s brother. He was coming to see us perform. Dan showed up too! Yay. We got to start early because Cover Story wouldn’t be there. It was quiet and peaceful for our full 2 hour performance! It seemed kind of slow at first, but we ended up doing really well. We packed up while talking with Dan and Josh. Marcela arrived and began singing. She came over to ask if we were finished before starting. Much better! I’m glad.

We took the L train to Lorimer St. and had dinner at Santos Anne. Long day. Long week. Glad it’s over, but so glad it was so successful!

Saturday September 24th 2016

I slept 12 hours too offset my jet lag. Despite still being tired, I got made up and we went out to prayform at the Angel Tunnel. We knew there would be a big concert in the park and were unsure if we’d be able to play at all. Doing our best and having no expectations is the best way to live life I’ve found. You’re never disappointed, always pleasantly surprised. I’m not entitled to anything. When we get to prayform and have a successful day, it is a blessing. It is never a given!

2 1Sarah Kernochan said she’d stop by at the beginning to see us. That was motivation enough to go out. When the time rolled around, there she was, hugging me as we stretched on the pillars. She watched three songs “Anya” “Esh” and Ee-ay” and then left. She’s treating us to dinner on Thursday, so we’ll have more time to talk then.

People were super complimentary of my makeup and of our music. An Irish woman was adoring us. She waited for us to start and then bought a CD. “It’s magical what you do.” she said. I love when people call me or our music or what we do magical. That’s a great compliment. Just what I’m going for!

We played for less than an hour, being tired from flying all day yesterday, plus the concert started up. The opera singer girl, Marcela, arrived as well and asked if she could sing. She actually apologized for setting up on us on Sunday. It was a big misunderstanding actually. We packed up and left the tunnel with Dan.

Our friend Mega Flash was upstairs so we said hello. He told us that he told Marcela to talk to Thoth. “You have to respect that man. He’s been here longer than any of us.” he said, referring to Thoth. Damn right. Of any person I know, Thoth deserves peoples respect!


A Daily Battle for Inspiration

Photo by Dan Rubin.

Photo by Dan Rubin.

Friday November 21st 2014

It was too cold to play again. Today was so hard. I really wanted to work on our opera for the new album. I got my violin out, but just sat there and put my head in my hands. I felt so totally overwhelmed. I’ve never written an opera before. I felt like I was in over my head. I want us to have a clear outline of songs to give Michael and Rhan when we arrive in Oakland. Usually we just improvise to create new songs. I’m not used to practicing ostinatos at home. I like to practice in privacy, but we’re always living with people. Our roommate Aaron wasn’t home all day. We had created a few ostinatos yesterday and I went into the hall to practice them. I need to make sound with my voice while practicing because I have to get used to singing while playing. That’s the tough part. I can create as many ostinatos as I want, but I have to sing with them. “If it was easy, you’d see a lot more singing violinist.” Thoth said. Right. As I was playing, my E string popped in my face. That didn’t help me feel better. Thoth didn’t have the proper E string for me, so we had to go out to get a new one.

We went to Sam Ash on 34th Street. It was freezing outside. I plucked on a cello on the wall. “We can have Rhan just pluck open strings and we have a piece. It doesn’t have to be complicated.” I said to Thoth. We went home, feeling more inspired. To no one’s surprise, I got my period. That’s why I was feeling sad! We continued creating ostinatos and practiced singing with them at home. At night, we ordered food and continued practicing. Thoth came up with an ostinatos in 13. We’ll probably use it for the torture scene. It’s really hard to play and sing to! Thoth can. I started loosening up as the evening went on. I sang as stupidly as I could while playing. It helped loosen me up. “It’s a battle every day to get you inspired.” Thoth said. This is a new way of creating music for me. Usually we just make music spontaneously, then imagine what it’s about later. For the opera, we’ve written a synopsis and scene breakdown for each song and now we’re writing the music.

I listened to Meredith Monk’s opera Atlas for inspiration. Her music is similar to ours. She creates a repetitive phrase, then creates vocal phrases over top. It’s so beautiful in it’s simplicity. I first discovered her through my acting teacher Andrew Kimbrough. He gave me the task of creating music for Ariel’s songs in The Tempest back in college. I’d never written music before and I was terrified. Her music helped me think simply. It’s funny now that 7 years have passed and now I create music in a similar style. I never knew I would be creating original music for a living. I’m so glad I am. It’s hard work, but much more satisfying than singing other people’s music. I’m only 26 and I’ve created 3 albums and am now embarking on a new form of music creation: opera! My biggest dream long ago was to be in Cirque Du Soleil and play a singing character. Now my dream is to write our own opera and have it staged in a theatre with Thoth and I as the main characters.