Friday October 14th 2016
I woke up around 9:30am and took an hour to act in private. Sometimes the need is so strong, I can’t deny myself or I’ll be too distracted throughout the day. I did my makeup for 2 hours and we took the train to the park. I love looking outrageous. No one cares, especially in NYC. It’s rare anyone will even stare at me or say something. We got off at the wrong stop. Oops. We both weren’t paying attention. A few stops before our usual shop. Instead of going back, we got off at 53rd Street and walked to the center of Central Park, probably a mile. I was hot.
We got ready and when Cover Story was finished, we pulled our stuff into the center and got ready to play. We had a great day! We’re not selling many CDs these days. I wish there was another way. Maybe pretty download booklets. I don’t know. People ask about DVDs, but won’t buy them. I know people don’t buy CDs anymore. I don’t. We sold three. A record in the last week. Strange. When Thoth was first performing in the Angel Tunnel in 1999 and 2000 he’d sell tons of CDs, and people wouldn’t be standing there filming him or taking pictures, they would be watching with their own eyes. It’ll just get worse. I don’t know how street performers will continue even by the end of my lifetime, 50 or 60 years from now, let alone in 100, 200 or 1000 years. We’re keeping something alive that is rare and doing something that literally no one else does. That’s why people always say, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” because they haven’t. Who goes around the world in creative makeup and headdresses singing and playing violin and doing theater in public places. In years to come, people will wish they could have been there to see our public shows and support us. They’ll be shocked how little support we had in our lifetimes and be amazed we managed to continue and find success despite that. A world where a lying, thieving, racist pig could be our next president is no place where people can appreciate true beauty.
People didn’t clap at the last song. That always makes us sad. We gave everything for our last song especially and people are watching. They just don’t really know how lucky they are to be watching us. If the world knew what we are really capable of when we have %100 focus and enthusiasm from an audience, we’d be performing for big crowds every day for the rest of our lives. As long as we are street performers doing our art for free in public, people will look down on us and pass us over. We’re blessed we have something to express ourselves and touch people that cross us and have their eyes and ears open. Not many people do these days.
Thursday October 13th 2016
I did a vlog of my makeup.
Another day of rain. Not when we arrived at the tunnel, but soon after we began setting up it started pouring. The tunnel became full of people. So annoying. The floor gets wet and it gets loud. They all left once the rain stopped, thankfully. Dan came with flowers. He’s the only person in the world who knows we have our anniversary of our first meeting on October 11th. He always brings us flowers. He was there on our first anniversary to celebrate with us, and he’s here still. We have a few friends like that. Friends who have stuck with us through thick and thin since the beginning. Friends who have loved us from the moment they saw us and never stopped loving us.
The rain came in spurts, but eventually it cleared. We had a lot of fun today. I was as expressive as possible. I didn’t really like my makeup look, but I loved my big headdress. Dan took lots of pictures. We played a beautiful improvisation.