On Monday was my meeting with the leader of Gospel Queen's Cliff Driver and their bass player Alex. Geeked wasn't the word. I met with Alex and he treated me to lunch. Never knew where his accent was from but I liked it. Serbian. Sexy. I'm glad he escorted me there because I would have been a bit nervous.
I wasn't sure what to expect to sing at the interview. It was a nice walk through a busy Brooklyn neighborhood. Thank goodness I only had to go to the second floor for the meeting. Stairs everywhere! He had a keyboard set up and ready. Being that I'm only vaguely familiar with his music he had to teach me a song. I am still having trouble hearing my note in a chord. He played and my left ear felt heavy.I hadn't drained my ears in days. Smh. He had to tap it out for me. (embarrassing). It took a minute but I got it. I learned the entire song and sung his remake of an old one. I think it went well. Alex later called and told me he asked what he thought about me. He got a good report. Another woman is also being interviewed. We shall see who wins the gig.
After we left we walked to Alex's place where we talked music and I sat with his roommate and friends and sang and played some candy game. Unfortunately they were all chain smokers. I stanl so bad when I left! I disgusted myself.I tried to catch every breeze I could to air out. Not to mention my throat started swelling. I dont do smokers well. While I was there I got a text to meet up with the guy to I met at the Apollo. Marcqiese does a lot of street performances and invited me to join his group. He wanted me to come and watch to see how it's done. I left around 8pm to check it out.
I met him and 2 other girls at Times Square station by the Track 1 Shuttle. Both girls were younger than me and pretty. The one he works with was Destiny and the other girls name escapes me. Turns out, Destiny is a recording artist already and has been working with him for extra money for a few months. He was looking spiffy in his jeans, white shirt, tie, grey jacket and dark grey derby. Destiny was wearing leggings, boots I think, a flannel shirt wrapped around her waist and a short shirt showing her belly above her naval. It was an interesting pairing. His songs were old school, Frank Sinatra mixed in with a few r&b songs. We ran a rout on the A train from 59th Columbus Circle to Chambers station. They would sing two short clips of songs between stops.When they finished singing they clapped which encouraged riders to clap and then did a quick speel stating they "take, credit cards, EBT, smiles, hugs and cash". They did a quick walk to collect on both sides of the cart by breaking up and then running to the he's next cart. It was exciting and fun.
After a few hours they called it a night and Marc bought me Chinese food and gave me bus fare. We made arrangements for me to come on my own with him to start working. I was so exhausted that all I could do was shower and pass out as soon as I got back to the shelter. I knew the next day would be jam packed!