Monday, March 17, 2008

"As Long as He Needs Me"

Ok, so among many ways in which I am a nerd......I love love love Broadway musicals. Especially the old stuff. DH can't stand them, so I don't get to watch them much on TV, unless he's not here. Some favs are Oklahoma, South Pacific, Oliver, The King and I, etc. Told ya I'm a nerd.

Well, just after Christmas I auditioned for a local community chorus group, called the Singers of Summerville. Check them out here. What's our next concert going to be? Broadway Musicals of the 50s and 60s! We're doing West Side Story, Camelot, The Music Man, etc. And Oliver!

A couple of weeks ago, the conductor told us to come in ready to try out for one of the many solo parts, if we wanted to. I was deathly ill with a nasty cold and my voice sounded quite frog-like, so I decided not to try out even though I did want to. Well, she decided to just start calling on people, whether your hand was raised or not (a true teacher!). And she called on me, to try the solo on the song from Oliver called "As Long as He Needs Me". It's a sweet, sad song about a lady staying in a bad relationship because she thinks she does some good for the guy, he needs her, etc. (fast forward to later in the story, he kills her.....but that's beside the point, right?) I croaked through the try out, very embarrassed....but tonight she came up to me at the end of practice and told me she does want me to do that solo! I'm nervous, but excited too. I get much more stressed out about singing solos than I do about playing them on my trumpet, etc. But I'm flattered that she chose me, so I'm going to do my best and try to enjoy it. Concert is April 5, so that gives me a few more weeks to agonize.....oops, I mean "practice".


lyndsey said...

Wow! That's awesome, Jen!Congrats!

Amy said...

How awesome! congrats and good luck!

tafkalorelei said...

That's awesome girl!!! Congrats!

Jen said...

Way to go Jen! Sing on girl!