I really want to sing live, again. Yes this is me admitting to all of you that I sang live once to an audience of 750 co-workers. It was thrilling and nerve-wracking, and almost as scary as my first time performing burlesque (we’ll save that for another day).
Every once in awhile my desire to perform creeps up on me. Singing has always been a part of me, although most days I’m singing to myself on the subway or in the car. Most people I know might not realize that I trained as a vocalist in a performing arts school when I was younger. This was way before The Voice and American Idol were even a thing.
I’ve been holding onto this video for awhile. Now that the company no longer exists, I feel like I can actually share the clip, and the story behind it.
And so here we go ….
After a night of karaoke, my co-worker and friend @tweedskirtmoran challenged me to perform at our sales conference talent show. I was halfway into a year of facing my fears, and so it seemed like live performing was the next thing to try.
Now, the last time I had any solid vocal training I was attending Mark Twain JHS for the Gifted and Talented. Singing anything takes practice, and it took a lot of preparation to get my voice ready to perform in front of a live audience (my first solo!).
First I chose a song. Mashups were all the rage and I really loved Alan Cummings’ performance of “Someone Like You/Edge of Glory/Firework” at Cyndi Lauper’s Home for the Holidays the previous December.
Then, I found a vocal coach. I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember his name, only that he lived on the Upper West Side and was a traveling Broadway actor.
And finally, a piano player. Many thanks to my co-worker Peter Cherukuri, for his fine accompaniment on stage.
Now, mind you, I had no grand illusion that I could mimic Alan Cummings or the vocal ranges of Adele, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry’s original recordings. So if you’re expecting an America’s Got Talent ringer, this is not it. I put my own spin on it, as any performer would. And sure, if I had more time to rehearse it probably would’ve been a better performance but sometimes the dare to dream is less about thinking and more about just doing it (thank you Nike). I guess you’ll see for yourself if you watch the video.
Truth be told I hadn’t watched the video in its entirety until this morning (1/21/19) … Seven years late and my memory of the live event was totally off, I thought I botched up the song and was boo’ed off stage by Jerry Springer, when in actuality, as the video confirms, he was in my corner. I guess you could say he was one of my champions, awarding me a score of 9 (out of 10). I can’t remember who the other judges were and the emcee’s name totally escapes me as well, although he looks a lot like that excited penguin from Edinburgh Zoo. I have always had a soft spot for i penguini, so there’s that.
All in all, I scored 20/30 points which I think is pretty damn good for a first-time ever solo live performance. I’m making an intention for a repeat in 2019 only to a much smaller audience.