So, I flew back here to SK yesterday. I had to stop in Edmonton and connect to another flight. And the draft I felt when I got off the plane sent a chill right through me. It was -18 with the windchill. It was +18 in Vancouver the other day. That sucks. And I can’t believe all of the snow and wind. It’s amazing how quickly I’ve forgotten what March is supposed to feel like. Good thing I brought my scarf and boots with me.
Ah, it’s so nice to be home again. I’ve spent the past 2 days listening to kids sing at our local music festival, and it’s been nice to catch up with my former voice teacher and other people I know from the festival. Unfortunately my sister, Michelle, got sick and couldn’t sing her last piece tonight. But she was a trooper and did the trio she was supposed to – so she gets extra points for that. It felt very weird to be watching music festival as opposed to participating in it. I honestly wanted to get up there and sing. But I didn’t. I helped move a bench instead. That was my time in the spotlight.
Still waiting to hear about the summer opera cast. I hope I get a good part. We’ll see…
I just had to respond to Ashlee’s MSN to me about the pictures I posted yesterday. Thanks for the compliments Ash! But…I chopped most of that hair off today. Ha ha ha ha! Why? Well, I hadn’t had a haircut since December (couldn’t you tell?!?!). So, I made an appointment with my friend, Tony, a fellow singer at school. I told him I was open to anything, but I would like to grow it a little longer, and then he did his thing. I quite like it. It’s not really shorter. Just lighter. And thinner. We’ll see how it goes…
Other than that, today was a bit of a sluggish day. After 4 shows in the past 4 days, I took it easy on my voice and only practiced for about 45 minutes today. And then I went to the Pacific Centre Mall in downtown Vancouver to go and get my dream coat from Old Navy. And they didn’t have it in my size anymore. That sucked. I’m going to go to Metrotown on Wednesday and see if they have it at the Old Navy there. I hope so! I’ve been waiting…oh my word. I’ve turned into a “Material Girl”. Oh dear. I need to get back to Saskatchewan! And quick!
Glad that’s over. It was a bit of a stressful run, as far as shows goes. This time we were underehearsed, underprepared, under you name it. But it all went off relatively well. Saturday night’s show was a bit of a blip on the radar screen (it didn’t go terribly well…), but the rest of it was quite good. At least I thought so.
Everytime I do a show I learn something. This time I learned a number of things. 1. How to stab yourself with a knife onstage without actually stabbing yourself. 2. How to stab someone else (it’s all very technical, actually). 3. How to act crazy. 4. How to make your own wedding veil. 5. How to sing recitative (kind of…). Those are important “How to”s. Don’t you think?!
On the serious side, this show taught me a lot about my voice. It’s big. Bigger than I imagined. And it’s powerful. It has body and core, and ping and focus. I think that I’m FINALLY learning how to actually sing. Weird, huh? I didn’t realize it took this much work. But it does. And when it all comes together, like it did for me on Friday night – it’s worth it. It’s worth it all.
And now I get to concentrate on my recital. Oy vey. I have A LOT of work to do. A lot. So, I’d better go and get started…
Me as “Melissa”, again. Don’t you LOVE the makeup?!?!
Me as “Fiordiligi”. Like my veil? I made it myself!
Me as “Melissa”, a sorceress in Handel’s “Amadigi”.
Bryn and I as “Dorabella” and “Fiordiligi” in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutté”