For all of those that did not send me their address here is my Christmas card. I designed it with my friend Joan Saunders who has an Etsy store called Bitsy Creations. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for all your support in 2011. Hopefully 2012 will be less intense (a girl can hope) but we will see…
I’ve mentioned on this blog that I have taken voice lessons through Hale Center Theater Orem for over 5 years. I love having a creative outlet each week and never get tired of the thrill of accomplishment that comes with mastering a new song. Each month we have a Master Class which is kind of a mini-recital/lesson. In addition, twice a year we have recitals. The first recital I did I was terrified. I sang Till There Was You from The Music Man (and easy song) and my hands were shaking I was so nervous. I even told my teacher I couldn’t do it but out I went.
Ever since then I learned to enjoy the recitals (It makes me wonder what other things I might excel at that I am avoiding? Hmmm…). In fact, I always sing better in the recital than I ever do in practice (I am the same way with swimming. Always better at the meets than practice. I guess I’m a bit of show off and the attention brings out my best… 🙂 )
For this recital I sang an arrangement of The First Noel by Mark Hayes (I try to do a Christ oriented over a Santa each year). I was nervous because the second verse was different than the hymn version I am used to. Since I liked the new words I really wanted to get it right but I kept jumbling it up. Fortunately I said a prayer and the right words came up. I was also very happy with my mixed tone and how I was able to perform the song.
Unfortunately my stupid camera ran out of memory with one line left-literally a breath away from the 2 high notes 😦 . Oh well! At least this will give you some idea. Everyone had really good things to say. Its fun to see how the other students improve year after year in the recitals and to get feedback. Even some of their parents know me and came up to say I’d improved.
On a funny note- I’ve had 2 people tell me ‘Thank you for being you’ today. All I have to say is “You are welcome!”. In all seriousness, its great to be appreciated for who I am and for being me. Merry Christmas!