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The Missing Muse

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Lucky duck, I caught wind of a show Cibo Matto was playing in Seattle in December. They were opening for Tune Yards and I really only wanted to go to see Cibo Matto. I got my wish and Tune Yards gained a new fan. The night turned out to be pretty magical.

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Adult? Haha… who’s an adult?

 

Who is Cibo Matto? Seriously, you should fall in love with this band. Japanese expats living in New York, Cibo Matto is a duo act that started in the 90s. They are a mix of Sonic Youth style grunge pop and trip hop. The band name means crazy for food in Italian. Their first two albums all had to do with food of some kind. The concept was surprisingly robust. Throughout the years their music has appeared in movies and a video game, Jet Set Radio. (Although, I swear they were on one of the Katamari games.)

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I was out by myself to see a concert, which was strange for me. I’m usually with a small group or performing, either way I’m never alone at music events. I found a way to pass the time. I was there early bc my keys were locked up at work. I had to rely on timing and texting to make sure my husband and I connected at the right time. Since I was at his mercy, I was only fifth or sixth in line outside the beautiful Moore Theater. I’ve never been inside this Seattle Landmark. Footage from Pearl Jam’s Evenflow video was filmed at the Moore Theater. The weather was unseasonably warm which was perfect because I had a new outfit that was meant for summer. Standing in the line I realized as the sun started to dip it was a good thing I had an over jacket, scarf and gloves. Using my lovely phone I took photos of some of the surrounding area while standing in line as well as facebooking and tweeting about where I was and how excited I was to see Cibo Matto finally. I never had a chance to see them in the 90s.20141213_18475020141213_184104

The Moore Theater was built when architecture really meant something, 1907. The floors and walls are lovely marble with curving stairs up and down to the different levels. I found a bar in the basement with some restrooms. On the main floor was a snack bar with some food. The only things I could eat were candy, so I bought a water and some peanut butter cups. I was struggling with eating a gluten free, meat free diet and was starving. Really, I just needed something to keep myself standing. Looking around the room I glance to the second floor to see the room guarded by the muses. Counting the statues and reading their names I found Melpomene and Terpsichore. Both of whom I’ve used for character names but… there were only eight that rimmed the lobby. Who was missing?!

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Rewind… on my way out the door I suddenly doubled back. Taking off the necklace I had on, I grabbed a necklace I’d picked up at Geek Girl Con. On the necklace is Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. I love this necklace. I felt compelled to put it on, leaving the other necklace behind, then running out the door so Kane could lock up.

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Fast Forward. Starring up at the ceiling I start puzzling over who was missing… Urania. Urania is the muse of Astronomy and Astrology. I found this especially interesting because of my choice to go back for my necklace. Striking up a conversation with the ushers on my way to my seat, I mentioned the missing Muse in the lobby. 20141213_194918

According to the employee, the Muse haunts the upper balcony where a second circle of statues is also missing a statue of Urania. Searching for other stories about the haunted balcony, I have found accounts where people felt a statue was starring at them or seen mysterious movement. One story involved roadies sleeping with gear over night. They didn’t sleep at all because of footsteps, voices and a door that kept opening.

Hearing about the haunting, I felt instantly blessed and protected. As if I had listened to quiet whispers sending me back for my necklace to honor the missing Muse. They left her out because they didn’t think she had anything to do with the arts… now I find myself writing a song for my band about the last days of the universe.

The sky will grow dark and we won’t even know it on Earth until it’s too late.

Thank you to whoever told me to grab the necklace.

Part two will be about Cibo Matto performing. Amazing…

 

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