Monday September 7th 2015
Today was a day of rest and relaxation for us before flying to New York tomorrow. I’d written to Benjamin Zander with the photo I’d taken of him and the other 2 conductors who’d come last night. He wrote a lovely message back, basically saying how much he loved us and the show. Wendy came over with our fee and Sarah arrived. We sat and talked about the show and what a success it was. Despite that, it’s unknown of she’ll bring us back next year. We want to put this show on in theaters and tour it. I wrote my blog and called people, then Thoth and I took a pleasant, exploratory bike ride around Edgartown.
We ran into Francesca Kelly, who was at last night’s performance and was immensely admiring of our work. She passed in her car and then found us when we were about to get lunch. She took us to a place to sit and talk and get drinks and gave us more fantastic feedback, which of course I can’t remember. She wants us to come back to the Vineyard next year and wants to help us. We went home to put away our bikes and walked to Sarah’s house on the beach. She helped me get all ready for swimming (goggles, bathing suit. Thoth had already gotten in the water when I came back out. At first I was scared to get in, but I swam out and Thoth held me. Eventually I was having fun swimming around looking underwater with my goggles. I got out and we went back to the house to get the camera to take Thoth’s picture. We took a lovely wash off in the outdoor shower. It was so pleasant! Sarah was cooking dinner and Ben arrived at 7 for dinner with us. The three of us went out on the dock to see the sunset and he asked us tons of questions. He loves the purity of my voice and my facial expressions. He said the moments of romantic connection during our performance were “sexy” and said I am so “Puckish.” (as in Puck the character from Midsummer Night’s Dream.) I loved getting feedback from him. It was such a magical moment, sitting with him watching the sunset. Those are the moments we cherish and remember forever. We went back to the house and I helped set the table for dinner. Sarah made yellow tail with potatoes and spinach, her daughter’s favorite meal. It was stunningly delicious! The was she cooked the fish made it crunchy on top. Mmm! Thoth needs to make it for me! “You know how I love to pamper you.” Sarah said. Ben gave us his book, The Art of Possibility and two recordings of him conducting some Mahler symphonies. One he gave Thoth Symphony No. 2 and me Symphony No. 3, which was written for the pure type of voice I have. He talked about moving past life’s difficulties by using the methods in his book. “Can I call you when I get sad?” I asked. “Of course. You have my number.” he said. 🙂
We took a picture together, said goodbye to Sarah and Ben drove us back to the Vineyard Arts Project. What a lovely last day here!