It's the beginning of the Secret World Live concert, and I'm up on
stage playing the keyboard. (This is strange in itself, because
although I took 6 years of piano, I was not more than mediocrely
talented and now I can't play hardly a 'tall.)As "Come Talk to Me"
commences, I suddenly notice that it is not Paula Cole singing duet
with Pete... but Lith! Lith is wearing a loose-knit, long-sleeved
black shirt and also black leather jeans.
So I play the keyboard for Pete, and the song finally draws to a
close. At this point I notice that I, too, have some really keen
threads on, namely black bell-bottoms and a big, flowy embroidered
black shirt. Embroidered in shiny black thread. I think all of a
sudden, "Wahoolazuma! I must be having a dream, because these clothes
are too spish for me to actually own!" In the dream my hair is really
long though and is annoying me because it keeps drifting down and
getting tangled around my fingers while I'm trying to play.
Now Peter is over on the round stage, and we're all still over on
the square one, waiting to get on the conveyer belt. Lith and I are
exchanging jokes with Tony Levin and Manu Katche in hushed tones while
the other band members get on the belt. Then the violinist (who was
next to me) gets up, and I look over.
The violinist is MacCat! (of course since I've never seen MacCat,
I'm not sure how she got in my dream. I have no idea what she looks
like, but in my dream she was small and had short dark hair.) So I'm
whispering "java... espresso.... capuccino..." as she's walking onto
the conveyer belt and then it's my turn. So I stand up and get on the
conveyer belt and go across the stage. Lith is behind me and I'm
whispering things about maple syrup and Paul McGann to her as we're
going across and she's having the darndest time keeping a straight
face. I can also hear Tony chucking softly behind Lith.
So we get to the other side and I get by my keyboardy thingy, and
then "Shaking the Tree" happens. Lith sings it much less annoyingly
than Paula Cole, and we get to the bit where Pete introduces us. He
says, "Shaking a tree- Lith Rael!" "Shaking a toaster- Kalirush
Toastdancer!" "Shaking a coffeepot- MacCat!" and then he grins at me
and goes on with the rest of the introductions.
So we play and play and then we get to the end. The lights are
really cool although one of the roadies suddenly remembers that strobe
lights make him ill and he rushes downstairs. And then Pete lugs his
suitcase across to the other stage and I'm like, "Hey Tony I bet you
won't be able to fit into the suitcase!" And Manu's laughing really
hard but trying not to show it. And so Tony goes "Manu, if you don't
stop laughing I'm gonna shave your head!" So Manu stops laughing and
just sort of does a smug grin and giggles a bit. MacCat starts
rosining Tony's head. Tony makes faces and her and threatens to beat
her with his bass stick when they're done.
As we roll across the catwalk, Lith and Tony and Manu and MacCat
and I are all making jokes at the audience members down right below
us and then we get in the suitcase and go underneath the stage. That
night that was the end so Pete comes down. He's really tired so Lith
and I and MacCat decide to carry him to his car. He protests, but Mac
says that if he doesn't let us we won't officially make the Solsbury
Hill Hey Jealousy list. So he lets us and then I wake up.
Get a life where the