September 20, 2002 12:10 AM
and Porto was memorable. After an 8 1/2 hour delay at JFK airport in New York due to our plane (TAP AIR) being “diverted” to Andrews Air Force Base for ‘security reasons’ of which were never explained, we finally got off the ground at 3:30 A.M. … Woken up for dinner and wine on the plane at 4:30 A.M. We arrive in Lisbon and take another plane to Porto. My suite overlooks the ocean and I fall deeply asleep to the sound of crashing waves. The next day we go to the museum where we review the set at sound check and survey the clean and modern theatre. Later that night, the show happens like shows have always happened for me…. as a life that takes me over such that I am not not really there in a traditional self-conscious sense. And then suddenly it is over. The audience is very responsive and enthusiastic. We do an encore of “Blood On Your Hands” interpreted as a backbeat Delta Blues piece after our version of “I Remember Who You Are” and the use of the Steinway Grand for “Penance” . A “Broadway” style bow to the audience. I am presented with a huge carnivourous looking flower and we leave the stage for a champagne reception. The next day I get a personal tour of the gorgeous Art Deco villa and rose garden and other formal gardens on the same museum grounds as the contemporary structure where the show took place. A treat the night before we left was the dinner created just for us at a special restaurant named GERO. If you find yourself in Porto, Portugal – try it. … I am still processing the past week. Sensing powerful ‘growing pains’ again as I learn and enter yet another chapter of my life. Much of this has to do with my experiences this year but much is also due to absorbing a book entitled : ‘Anger’ – by Thich Nhat Hanh. I have again been thinking about what love means and the realization that you can feel strong love and yet be in a different place in your life from the person you love and want to love you. Perhaps it is a sign of insight and personal stability that I find myself in that position.