I wrote this post last night, but didn’t have the time or energy to look it over or run a spell check ’til now.
I over did it. We had chorus rehearsal yesterday. This morning, I practiced singing on the way to and from the Girls On the Run 5K in the car(50 minutes each way). Then we had rehearsal again today before the concert. But the thing I believe really did me in? I whooped and hooted too long and hard for all the girls at the race. How could I not?
So….the concert was going along nicely, and then two songs before my solo, my voice went all Froggy went a courtin’ with a two pack a day habit. I even had to lip synch for a song, which isn’t good, when your solo is barreling down on you like a locomotive.
I whispered to Melody at my right, “My voice is gone.”
Did Melody say, “Sure, no problem. I’ll step in and do your solo?”
She did not.
She slipped me a tic-tac.
I put it in my mouth and crunched it to bits, because I seriously had about 20 seconds, and I didn’t want to inhale it while I sang.
When it was time, I stepped down to the front, and my voice was there!
But then it left me for a second.
And then it was back!
So it wasn’t 100% suckage.
But it wasn’t perfect.
I was brave. And the point is to be brave.
So I’ll try not to cringe, and I’ll try to remember the whole “learning is a process and you don’t have to be perfect” thing we tell Riley all the time.
Windsong is a supportive bunch. So many people told me I did a good job. They didn’t say, “Good try.” They said, “Good job.”
Todd said it was good, but he doesn’t know.
Riley was brutally honest,
“Except for that one second, it was great. I think your timing was just a tiny bit off, but you got all the notes. It was good you did it Mom.”
Seth apparently daydreamed through the whole thing, because he asked afterward,
“Why didn’t you do your solo?”
Seriously dude, I was two feet in front of him. And I was projecting! What stage presence I must possess!
It could have been a lot worse.
I could have choked on a tic-tac.
I could have lost my voice completely.
Or not been brave at all.