I haven't been doing a great deal of crafting for the past couple of weeks because I've been rather busy preparing for something completely different.
See, eight years ago, in the spring of 2001 my music-majoring-ass was supposed to give a Senior Recital as the final requirement for attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. But I didn't do it.
Eight. Long. Years. Ago. Dude.
I can't even tell you what a burden it has been to have this hanging over my head for the better part of a decade. The feelings of failure, embarrassment, shame...it fucking sucked is what it did.
But then this past January something (don't know what) lit a fire under my ass and I decided I was tired of screwing around and I was just going to do it. Despite the fact that I hadn't had a lesson in 7.5 years. Despite the fact that I didn't have a regular teacher. Despite the fact that I didn't even know if I could DO that shit anymore, I was going to do it.
Well, long story short...I did it. This past Saturday, August 22 at 2 p.m. I gave my Senior Recital. Approximately 50 minutes of music in 5 languages, from memory. Prepared in 8 months, with no regular voice instruction. It didn't turn out too badly, all things considered.
This is me, singing 'Come Scoglio' from Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte'. This is probably my favorite...definitely in my Top 2 for the day.
Ya'll, there were about 45 people at my recital. FORTY-FIVE PEOPLE. I figure around 3/4 of them drove an hour or more to get there. Five dear friends from college drove up from their various homes for it. A bunch of my theater people were there. My grandmother came from Michigan. Several people from my chorus were there, some of whom I didn't expect, which was wonderful. My sister and my mom and my dad...it was AMAZING. I am so fortunate in my family and friends.
It's taken this long for me to just decompress and be able to wrap my head around what it is I have accomplished here. Among the positive outcomes: the video camera we bought specifically for the event is fantastic. As you can see, the video and sound quality is quite good for a $180 camera. I also hired a local company to professionally record it for me...you can download all the tracks here, for free. Not that I'm operating under the delusion that anybody'd want them, but several of my friends have requested copies of the performance and I figured it wouldn't hurt to post the link in a couple different places.
Another positive: I seem to have acquired myself a voice teacher. I'm excited to start taking regular lessons again.
But I think the best part is...I am FREE FREE FREE to do whatever the hell I want to now when I get home from work! Which means that soon the sewing machine will get dusted off to hem kilts and arisaids, and to make linen shirts, and HOPEFULLY a damn kirtle if that freaking Tudor pattern ever ships. If it doesn't get here in another week or two, I think I'm going to have to execute Plan B. I have yet to determine that that is, but I guess I better get thinking.
In other crafting news, my friend Andrea (aka SpaceOddities) has convinced me to open an Etsy shop to sell some of the awesome stuff I make. I'm still working on a concept, but it will involve crocheted things. I love crocheting things. In the meantime, you should go buy some of Andrea's stuff and read her blog because she's awesome and is also giving away free t-shirts with robots and screwed up engrish-french on them. They are full of win.