Better? Or worse?

I’m on the morning of the last of my performances of the revival of 69Stories. Interestingly, this revival is a format somewhat different than previous iterations. More interactive. More real-time. Riskier-feeling for me, but it seems to work well.

The riskiness I experience is this: when I tell the stories, a part of me is there. I don’t mean that in some kinda actingy way. I mean I rewind to how that felt, and pick up where that left off. I have the capacity to do total physical and emotional recall, and this is a lot cooler and a lot more fucked-up than it sounds.

Especially when you’re recalling something that you…want.  And won’t ever have again.

I don’t mean this in some kinda sad-sack, bust out weeping violins way, I mean it in a grounded, realistic fashion. No experience is cell-for-cell repeatable.

For better and for worse.

When I tell the story of the first time I understood that submission wasn’t about brute force, that you could get there just from the whispered words of the right person? I won’t ever have precisely that experience again. But I can stand there, night after night, and replay that braintape. Down to what my feet felt like. Down to the light sheen of sweat on the small of my back. Down to the inexplicable (well, not really but at the time, sure.) arousal and physical manifestation of the same that I experiences, making me slippery and dazed for a long, long time afterward.

You’d think this is kind of cool, and it is. Don’t get me wrong. But there is a price to be paid, and when you unpack that shit, it sometimes doesn’t want to go back into the place you packed it. It comes out, stretches, yawns, looks you in the eye grinning toothily and says

OK, you invoked me. Here we are. How do I look to you now? Have I changed in the years since we danced in chronological “realtime?” Have you distorted me? AM I really real? Slippery mercurial memory…catch me if you can, baby…

I’ve been doing some unpacking and I can’t pretend it does not have resonance outside of a couple of hours onstage, because it does.

When I share about the events, people, sights and sounds that all add up to who I am today, and I have to look at it, objectively even, I feel an odd affection and detachment.  My life = entertainment and What The Fuck is THAT about?

I know it isn’t ONLY that. I know I am not only here to amuse and sing and dance.

At least I think I know that.

Sometimes I wonder, though. Is it REALLY better to have loved and lost than to never have loved? Because if you have never had that crazy-ass roller-coaster ride, you can’t know how it is, right? And then you won’t know how brutal the landing can be. And then you won’t have to see how the taproots into your id won’t ever ever be fully excisable.

Maybe that blissful ignorance at which I sneer, which I reject in favor of the beauty of The Experience, in fact carries its own intrinsic value?

Maybe. Maybe…but there is no story in that. And above all, I am here to tell.  To tell on and about myself.

To tell stories…to be the kinky griotte for those whose stories are rarely told.

SO yeah, it is better. And worse. And I’ll take it, thank you.

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  1. SlipperyWhnWhet on May 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    It must be very difficult to bring all of this back out on purpose. I am not sure I could do so in such a public way, but you do it well.

    My favorite memories are bittersweet to recall. Do I regret the experience? Hell no! Do I wish I could do it again? It just wouldn’t be the same. I choose instead to make new memories that I will remember later with a silly grin and just a tinge of sadness.
    .-= SlipperyWhnWhet´s most recent blog moment of Zen on the net was…Subdrop =-.

  2. DJ Mora on May 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Mo, I LOVE your writing. I can so totally hear your voice as I read your words out loud – the tone, the cadence, building the excitement. Thank you for validating what I was feeling last night while experiencing your performance (yes, it was so much more than “just” watching.) it really DID feel like you were THERE; and thank you so much for bringing us along for the ride.

    Much Love,


  3. Stacie Joy on May 24, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    I have to admit this is a favored image. And I think it illustrates your post so well. Kudos, Mollena.

  4. Kyle on May 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    I really like how you describe the slipperiness of memory. There are memories I have that I’m really certain of.. most of the time. When I start to write those stories, or tell them, I wonder if I’m elaborating too much, adding drama. I know I edit depending on my audience or the point I’m trying to make. But even when I’m sitting alone, trying to remember for myself, I wonder if my playback is accurate.

    I have moments when I think maybe some of my experiences weren’t worth it, but for the most part, I accept them as part of my development. Each and every embarrassing, awkward moment were every bit as important in making me the person I am as the triumphant sweet moments.

    I agree, it’s better and worst and absolutely essential.
    .-= Kyle´s most recent blog moment of Zen on the net was…Microfantasy Monday, week 80: Virtual Reality =-.