In case you didn't catch the weekly news out and about; various parts of Queens, North Brooklyn and East Bronx are experiencing Brownouts this week. "Hmmm..." you might think to yourself, "Do I know anyone who lives in Queens?" Why YES! And yes in fact I am completely powerless. No really- not just in the figurative sense. There is no electricity in my house. I am scared of my freezer and I long for air conditioning.
So what does that mean. Well- all the butcheries, bakeries, coffee houses and supermarkets are either closed or running on power generators that cost them an insane amount. A bunch of us Astorians lack refridgeration, air conditioning, alarm clocks, cell phone reception and internet connection. All our bars, restaurants, health clubs and laundromats are closed.
This all began on Tuesday. About the same time my sponsor suggested I go back to step three and consider turning my power back over to god. Suddenly I am in my dark appartment without the option of zoning out on tv, working on the computer, listening to music or calling a friend. I was powerless. And I couldn't stand it. So I did a novel thing. (For me anyway) I walked out my appartment door armed with only my keys and $5 and my cell phone with its power cord. I was going to search Astoria for a working power outlet.
I found Waltz, miraculously unharmed by the outage about fifteen blocks from my house- a coffee shop and live music venue with open mike night commencing. I pulled up a chair and sat next to my charging phone and met a couple of fantastic musicians, a comedy writer and saw some amazing performances. I remembered that this is what I really came to NYC for. Oh yeah. Not just to be an actress and to work my life away as a waitress- but to meet cool people and listen to awesome music and to be part of the scene. Weird. And huh? There's a scene in Astoria. And I have been missing out on it because I have been obsessively working, working out, watching tv and trying to block out the world. Apparently this higher power of mine didn't want me to sit alone in my appartment on Tuesday night. Because as I started to sit down to do what I usually do it occured to me how lonely I was; sitting and staring at the empty screen of my tv and my laptop; and how in reality there isn't that much difference between staring at a tv that is on vs a tv that is off. Your body is performing the same action. You are still alone. The tv may distract you from those facts but the facts remain the same.
Anyway- some noteworthy musicians I heard on Tuesday night:
Lynn Sher: pianist and vocalist- jazzy/sultry/20's hot chick with badass boots.
Jayson ? : guitarist and vocalist recording in Jersey