I was quite nervous, especially waiting to for my parents to appear. One thing which surprised and delighted me was the appearance of Erica. She had wanted to know when and where the concert was, but I had thought she'd just been teasing me. It turns out she came - which was just the best, ever. So sweet of her. She's painfully shy like I am, so it must have taken a lot for her to walk into a hall of strangers. ♥ We have beginning teacher conferences we're both going to on Monday and Tuesday, so that should be fun too.
The place was packed compared to other concerts the Voice and Music studio have put on. Packed. There must have been over 200 people there. That was daunting to say the least. The great thing was that the lights were bright on stage so all you could see were silhouettes and shadows. There were quite a few people who performed - some who had performed at the mid-year concert that Nick had also done (which made me decide to do voice lessons in the first place), and some new ones too. There was a nine year old who sang solo! She sang like most nine years (not especially brilliantly), but she was amazingly brave and deserves all of the kinds of accolades you could throw at her.
The band performances went off with few mistakes. I didn't forget my lyrics. I didn't do any awful notes. I still think I sounded like an aggressive chipmunk in 'Song 2', but there's not much I can do about that really. And 'Sunshine of Your Love' had an interesting timing thing happen. But apart from that - it was all good. Nick playe brilliantly. He's an awesome guitarist. The rest of the band was really great. I thought that this time they were much more in sync than they had been last time.
My solo performance went really well and I'm proud. I should probably admit that I didn't end up doing 'River Deep, Mountain High' after all. I opted for a song I was much more comfortable with. 'Put Yourself in My Place' by Kylie Minogue [oi, no sniggering, I happen to like the song, okay?]. I had about 10 people come up to me afterwards - complete strangers, telling me that I have a beautiful voice so that was a gigantic ego boost. Even Nick's guitar teacher said "you've got a really nice voice, mate." Hahahaha. Of course, I had no idea how to respond in such circumstances. "Thank you very much," and a smile was the general response. I don't know, I feel uncomfortable bragging about it now, but sometimes you have to be pleased with the talents you have, you know? There are so many things I can't do, that I have to be happy with the ones I can.
Considering it was my first performance on stage for six years, it went well - and first performance on stage singing solo for about... oooh... 11 years? I'm really glad I got to do it. I'm really glad I decided to do it. This was something I actively went after and disaster didn't reign. Let this be a lesson learned.