UPDATE: This was more of a "quasi-proposal" because even though my original concept was to have a private non-recorded meeting with the father where I asked for his daughter's hand, in the 4 days prior I really let myself get carried away in the moment and just threw inhibition to the wind. Even though things didn't work out between us as I had envisioned they would at the time, through the course of putting this performance together I realized just how important it was to let Creating play a larger role in my life. And so this video serves as a representation/reminder to me of promises I made to myself at the time and is the "No-Going-Back-Now" baseline upon which I'm working towards some short and long term goals.
*interesting to note: all the images except for the horseshoe were missing one element (due to even shorter time than I had practiced). The underside of The Red Sun and Lion, the tail feathers of the Farahavar, the 2 stars (haykal) on the Ringstone symbol, and the supporting tower of the Emblem of Iran. (just interesting how the mind works is all)
Special Thanks again go to Pooria and Payman, who without them this moment would not have been possible. They were especially fantastic due to the fact that I did not tell either of them what was going on, even going so far as to renaming the song titles to numbers so that no one in the room would know what was going to happen next. I dread mentioning this next part because it really seems so impossible, but I actually selected the 1st song out of a pool of about 16 Persian love songs I had assembled, and even though I couldn't find a translation for the lyrics anywhere online, something really clicked with the song so I chose it and when Payman translated for me in Post-Production it blew me away how perfect that song was for that moment.
17 days prior
- English-version of letter written.
- Started keeping personal account of events.
16 days prior
- Letter was Farsi-translated
Stood in University Library lobby saying to passerby's, "Tavalodet Moborak! Shoma Farsi harf mizinin?" "Happy Birthday! (to grab attention) Do you speak Farsi?" Several spoke but couldn't write well enough or were able to read aloud the 14th century poem by Hafez. After 2 hours I was kicked out by a security guard because on camera it looked like I was soliciting fellow students for either drugs or money (his words). So I continued outside in front of library for another hour before meeting possibly the only person on campus who had the knowledge to help me.
- Recorded audio of letter being spoken in Farsi.
- Looked for Persian songs I would like to learn (time permitting).
Monday, March 18th (5 days prior)
- Listened to "Mamnoonam" on 4-hour drive home.
- Decided to memorize song instead of letter.
- Avoided sleep to phonetically transcribe "Mamnoonam".
Tuesday, March 19th (4 days prior)
- Decided on Persian symbols to use.
- Decided on American song.
- Slept for 11 hours.
Wednesday, March 20th (3 days prior)
- Woke up at 6am to FaceTime for Nowruz (Persian New Year).
- 11am: Started learning "Mamnoonam".
- 5pm: Learned "Eshghe Mani" section.
- 8pm: Wasted 3 hours on a failed shopping spree.
- Avoided sleep again.
Thursday, March 21st (2 days prior)
- 3pm: Learned "Mamnoonam".
- 7pm: Got back from purchasing:
_____Scarf (had been practicing with hand towel).
_____Easel, paper, markers, seal image, and printed letter.
_____White lace, silk rose petals, and an actual rubber chicken.
- Slept for 5 hours.
Friday, March 22nd (1 day prior)
- Performed 2 dress rehearsals.
- Phonetically transcribed letter.
- Put diacritical marks on the poem by Hafez
(if had more time, entire letter would have been thusly marked).
- 6pm: Began driving to Jamaica Beach.
_____My ETA: 1 hr 16 min
_____Her ETA: 1 hr 38 min
- Tried to do soundcheck but she arrived within minutes after me.
- Slept very well and late.
Saturday, March 23rd (day-of)
- Sang 2 songs for warmup.
- 4pm: Picked up Payman from airport.
- 7pm: Showtime.
*Timeline events are verifiable via A/V recordings.
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