Wednesday August 24th 2016
When I woke up, Thoth asked me, “Do you want to see the show today?” “Yes!” I said. “You want to see the matinee?” I asked. “Sure.” he said. I couldn’t really believe it. I was going to SEE and HEAR Michael Crawford with my own ears and eyes for the first time in my entire life! I couldn’t really believe it. A man I’ve idolized since I was 10 years old. For 18 years, I was going to f**king SEE him. OMG!
We got to the theater with an hour to spare. I was nervous there wouldn’t be any tickets available or they’d be really expensive, but low and behold, they had 25 pound a piece tickets in row E in the orchestra! I was shocked, relieved and happy! We had a quick bite of sushi next door before going into the theater. I was queasy I was so excited. What an incredible moment! I knew I would never forget it. I am so glad I made the choice to go see this show!
We went into the theater a half hour before the show started. It was a simple set. A grand piano in the corner and about 8 chairs with some grass sticking out of the floor. Very moody lighting and a little smoke. Michael was the first to come on stage. He was bent and frail, as all 73 year olds are. The cast of about 8 came around him in white Victorian costumes. He turned on a light above his head and the cast began singing in a Capella. My mouth dropped to the floor. It was so simply and lovingly beautiful. Michael was on stage the entire 2 and 1/2 hours singing in parts and watching the action. His character was the older version of the little boy Leo. It was beautiful. There was a song called “Butterfly” I think, that he sang that almost made me tear up. His low voice was still powerfully moving and his higher voice more frail, but used to great emotional effect. I turned to Thoth many times. He was smiling and laughing along with me. At the intermission he said how much he loved the show. At the end of the second act, Michael was crying and used a handkerchief to wipe his eyes. He was trembling. Not sure if that’s from age or just the character or the emotion he was feeling. Michael is a very emotional person. He cried during “Barnum” and in “Phantom” every night. He has a beautiful voice even now. We both stood up and cheered when he came out to bow. So did lots of others. A man behind me called out to him, “A living legend!”
We left the theater and stood at the stage door for a bit. I was hoping to meet him, but the ticket takers said he doesn’t come out for matinees. Oh well. I had hoped. I did get to speak to another actor I loved. He had a fake scar covering one of his eyes in the show and had a beautiful voice and stage presence. I talked to him, complimenting his singing. He thanked me for cheering and laughing. I couldn’t believe it. When Thoth and I like something, we cheer and laugh loudly! I did that when I was a kid, too. 🙂
We walked around Soho a bit and then went home. I was in heaven.
Thursday August 19th 2016
A day in London!
We left the house a little after 12 noon with Kaja and Emil. We wanted to explore London and try too find a place to play. No expectations, just exploring, with violins. I was going to see my friend James in the late afternoon, so no matter what happened, I knew I would be happy!
It was a quick trip to London Victoria. We caught a train that took only one stop between Sutton and London. It was amazing to be back in that train station. Brought back a lot of memories. It’s been two years since we’ve been there. Last time we had just gone to see James in a show and I hadn’t slept in 24 hours. Amazing, and also really eerie and weird.
We walked to the theater district. Kaja carried my violin and Kaja my rolling backpack. I never say no when people ask to carry my things. It so nice to not have something on my back. A treat. It was a long walk, and neither of us had eaten anything. I was already hungry and wondering what would happen. We got to the theater district and saw lots of buskers around in the squares. We went and spoke to one of them, who gave us a buskers program which recommended spots to play, none of which were suited for us. They were all open spaces. We need places with good acoustics, or at least a covered space. We don’t use amplification. The natural voice needs acoustic support to not strain.
We sat down off the main road to rest. Emil went to get something to drink for us. A booster. It was helpful. I already was very hungry and ready to call it a day. It was an hour until time to see James. Kaja recommended we go to Blackfriars to explore some tunnels, so we did. The tube was very hot. Just as we left the station, we saw a few tunnels, and popped into an interesting looking bar/art gallery so I could use the bathroom. Emil, Kaja and Thoth came in and the manager asked what we did. He asked if we’d play for him, so we did. The acoustics were quite good. When we finished, he asked if we’d like to do a gig there. Of course we would. We exchanged info and left. Hope that will happen. I had to go to the theater where James was seeing a show. I kissed and hugged Thoth and Emil showed me to the bus. I just had to take it three stops. It was easy. I had a borrowed phone with a map on it, so I was OK.
I got to the theater a bit before 5pm. Soon after though, James called me and I went over to him. We walked and talked for a long time. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. We walked around Covent Garden and back towards the river to an Indian restaurant to meet his friend Jack for dinner. Jack was running late so we had lots of time to continue talking. Eventually we went inside to sit and wait. Jack arrived and we had a lovely time together. James had to run and catch his train before 9pm so Jack helped show me the way to the train station. Easy. I called Emil, who said they were on the train home now. I hopped on the fastest train home to meet them there.
I was so happy. They were waiting for me outside the station. I told them all about my experience and Thoth said he’d found a place for us to play! Kaja showed me a video of him playing. I was so happy. Everything is going so well for us here!
Wednesday August 18th 2016
A day to rest.
I got up at 9:30am, even though I was still tired. Kaja asked if we’d like something at the store. I asked if I could go with her. Kaja, Emil and I went together. I was still tired and feeling jet lagged. I couldn’t stop yawning. Emil explained the transit system to me. It’s much less expensive than I was thinking. It’s only 3 pound 50p to go to London Victoria and 3.50 back. I thought it was much more We went to a few stores and eventually went into the grocery store. It was huge. I love going to big grocery stores. I was putting on a lot of voices and being silly. Kaja was laughing. I’m a little pixie in her eyes. We took the bus home with a bunch of food.
Kaja’s mother had made us lunch, which we all sat at ate together. It was delicious. Tender pork with green bean and potatoes. We’re so lucky to be able to live with them. They are so generous to us. I listened to music and got a message from James about our meeting tomorrow. I went outside where Kaja and Emil were smoking to ask if I could borrow a phone so I could contact James. Kaja said she couldn’t stop staring at me. “You’re so beautiful.” she said. She took lots of pictures. “I want to paint this.” she said when I was leaning into Emil. He was hugging me. It was so nice. They know how fun it would be for me to see James. I Skyped with a girl named Meli about a place to stay in NYC. It looked wonderful and I asked if we could send a deposit. I got her in touch with my dad to send a check. I was so excited, relieved and happy, I had to jump around and tell Kaja and Emil. They were so happy for us. We had this strange thing called meat jelly for dinner. I couldn’t eat it. Too strange. Thoth ate it and I made some tuna salad for myself. I was so happy.
At night, I got an email with some amazing news. I can’t say what yet. Hopefully it will happen. Amazing things are happening for Tribal Baroque.