An impromptu gig

Egy rogtonzott fellepes

Performing? Never a problem! Here is a fun story.
Fellepes? Sose gond! Ime, egy vidam tortenet. 

Yesterday afternoon I came in to one of my usual places here in Karlovy Vary, the Grand Cafe – here is one rare treasure in town I can work on: a public computer.
Tegnap delutan bejovok ide az egyik szokasos helyemre Karlovy Vary-ban, a Grand Cafe-ba – itt talalhato a varos egyik ritka kincse, amin dolgozhatok: egy nyilvanos szamitogep.

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My office at Grand Cafe, Karlovy Vary

There is a small group on the couches as I enter, two women with two little boys. We greet each other, I see them all the time, walking in town, they are from Dubai.
Ahogy belepek, ott egy kis csoport a kanapekon, ket no, ket kisfiuval. Udvozoljuk egymast, latasbol ismerem oket, mindig setalgatnak a varosban, Dubajbol vannak itt. 

Before sitting down to my office desk, I go to the bathroom. Preparing to do whatever I do in the cubicle, I hear the voice of a kid: “Madame, Madame! Where are you? Can you please come? My mother needs you!”
Mielott leulnek az iroasztalomhoz, beterek a mosdoba. Keszulodom a kis fulkeben, egy gyerekhangot hallok: “Holgyem, Holgyem! Merre van? Tudna jonni, legyen szives? Anyukamnak szuksege van Onre!”

I peek out, it is the older one of the two boys, around 10. He repeats his request.
Kilesek, az idosebbik fiu, olyan tizevesforma. Megismetli a kereset.

“Can you please wait a little bit? I am in here…”, I respond, but he is insisting: “Please come now!” He is very good: not forceful, yet talks with a strong intention.
“Tudtok varni egy kicsit? Epp itt vagyok bent…” – valaszolok, de o ragaszkodik hozza: “Kerem, jojjon most!” Nagyon jo a gyerek: nem eroszakos, megis eros szandekkal beszel. 

Can´t I use the toilet in peace???
Az ember meg nem is vecezhet nyugodtan??? 

But what can I do? Here is a kid, her mother obviously needs help in something – I have no clue what, for one minute ago they all seemed to be alright and having fun, plus, I am not working at the cafe – so I go with him.
De mit is tehetnek? Itt egy gyerek, az anyjanak nyilvan segitsegre van szuksege valamiben – lovesem sincs, mi lehet, hiszen egy perce meg ugy tunt, hogy mindannyian rendben vannak es remekul szorakoznak, plusz, en nem dolgozom a kavezoban – na mindegy, megyek vele.

His gorgeous mother gives me a relieved smile, and I smile back, seeing that nobody is in life danger, “Darling, I need to pee, I am back with you in two minutes, okay?”
A szepseges anyukaja megkonnyebbulten rammosolyog, en visszamosolygok, latva, hogy senki nincs eletveszelyban:“Kedves, muszaj pisilnem, ket perc, es itt vagyok, oke?”

Upon my return, the mystery resolves: “My husband has birthday and he is coming now. Can you please sing a song for him?”
Amikor visszaterek, megoldodik a rejtely: “A ferjemnek szuletesnapja van, mindjart jon. El tudnal neki enekelni egy dalt?”

Ah, popularity, hahaha!
Ah, nepszeruseg, hahaha! 

We go over some details (that they do not want Happy Birthday To You, but it is gonna be a song that I normally do, a traditional Hungarian folk tune from Transylvania, I give a quick translation of the lyrics, okay, this will be good), then I almost run back to the bar to pick up the cake, the Garcon lights the mini firework on the single slice of cake, I walk back to the family, with the cake in my hands and singing the beautiful song, behind me the Garcon bringing two big shopping bags with presents, the husband is already sitting on the sofa, indeed surprised, fortunately he cannot see that I have trainer shoes under my long skirt (it is just an ordinary afternoon), the mini firework burns down just when I finish the song, everybody is happy.
Atbeszelunk nehany reszletet (hogy nem akarjak a Hepi borszdej tu ju-t, hanem inkabb olyasmi lesz, amit altalaban eneklek ilyenkor, egy magyar nepdal Erdelybol, gyorsan leforditom a szoveget, okes, ez jo lesz), aztan szinte futolepesben megyek hatra a pulthoz a tortaert, a pincersrac meggyujtja az egy szelet tortan a minituzijatekot, majd meltosagteljesen odavonulok a csaladhoz, kezemben a torta, eneklem a szep dalt, a Four mogottem, ket nagy, ajandekokkal teli shoppingtaskaval, a ferj mar a kanapen ul, valoban meg van lepve, (szerencsere azt nem latja, hogy edzocipo van rajtam a hosszu szoknya alatt, vegtere is ez csak egy kozonseges delutan), a minituzijatek pont leeg, mire befejezem a notat, mindenki boldog.

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Chocolate cake at Grand Cafe, Karlovy Vary

I leave them discretely with their celebration, having no idea how much did I just earn, for we did not have time to discuss the dirty financials, I sit down to the computer – and here he comes again, my little friend, with the money for me in his hands. What a great thing to have such a son who is helping Mommy!
Diszkreten magukra hagyom az unneploket, gozom sincs, mennyit kerestem az iment, mert arra nem volt idonk, hogy a piszkos anyagiakra kiterjunk. Leulok a szamitogephez – hat mar megint jon az en kis baratom, kezeben a gazsimmal. Milyen klassz dolog, ha egy fiu ilyen nagyszeru segitsege Anyukanak!

Now, I used to say when somebody asks me “When do you perform?” or “Are you gonna sing?”“You never know…”, very enigmatically, when I do not have anything public soon.
Nos, azt szoktam mondani, amikor kerdezik tolem, hogy “Mikor lesz fellepesed?”, vagy “Fogsz enekelni?”, azt valaszolom, igen titokzatosan, hogy Sose lehet tudni…, amikor epp nincs semmi nyilvanos datumom a kozeljovoben.

There we go, the Law of Attraction at work! 🙂
Tessek, a vonzas torvenye mukodik! 🙂

And naturally, here I must pitch: I love surprises and am a quite spontaneous and flexible person, but if you want me to sing for a birthday, wedding, baptizing, funeral or other family occasion, a corporate, church, community event, a festival, exhibition opening or closing, a reception or other gathering, it is much better to talk with me in advance, than dragging me out of the toilet, in my sneakers, without may make-up and hair done!
Es termeszetesen, itt hozza kell fuznom: imadom a meglepeteseket, es meglehetosen spontan es rugalmas fej vagyok, de ha szeretned, hogy egy szuletesnapon, eskuvon, keresztelon, temetesen vagy egyeb csaladi alkalmon enekeljek, vagy ceges, varosi, kozossegi, egyhazi rendezvenyen, fesztivalon, kiallitasmegnyiton vagy -zaron, fogadason vagy mas osszejovetelen, sokkal jobb, ha elore beszelsz velem, mintsem hogy a vecerol rangass ki, amikor edzocipoben vagyok, smink es frizura nelkul!

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Egy kis inspiracio es kapcsolat (az oldal egyelore leginkabb angolul van, de egyszeruen irj nekem, es megbeszeljuk!)

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Andrea GerakAndrea Gerák (also spelled as Gerak) is a Hungarian artist, mostly known as a singer. She is also photographing, dancing, writing, acting, modeling, and forever learning through her journey in the world, living out of a suitcase. Her attention turned to healthy living after a cancer surgery in 2008. Proud mom of a big boy.

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