As always, I put "Pie Jesu" on the set list. It truly is becoming my signature song, and I love performing it. As the showcase was on the 20th of August, I got practising.
I also put "O Mio Babbino Caro," on my list, as the song is quite meaningful to me; it was the first aria I ever learnt to sing, and it made me realise that I had a classical-sounding voice, so the song is special to me.
We also decided on "Ben," by Michael Jackson, as it was a song we were working on at the time. Michael Jackson is my all-time favourite artist, and my teacher and I were working on a song to release in time for his birthday, August 29th.
The last song in the set list would be "Time To Say Goodbye;" this is also becoming a sort of signature song for me, as it is the song I end my sets with, mainly because of the appropriate title.
Now that the songs, and the order of them had been decided, we got practising. In addition to my lessons, I also practised every day at home, in front of the mirror. I was both excited and nervous.
Finally, the day came, I set off down to the town centre with my Mum, my Dad, and my little sister. We had a few hours to spare before the showcase started, so we went to have an early lunch; well, I didn't; I was much too nervous. I wore my new dress; white, and patterned with blue, one of my favourite dresses.
After lunch, I headed down to the Music Room, and met up with my singing teacher. I set my camera up, and did a quick soundcheck, as the other performers began to arrive.
Becki, my teacher, introduced herself, and the first performer, a young girl whose name escapes me. She gave a lovely version of "Next to Me," by Emily Sande, and although her backing tracks kept cutting out, she never once faltered, and I marvelled at her endurance. My backing tracks have never failed me yet, although I suppose there's a first time for everything, and I'm sure it has happened to every singer at least once. I hope, when it happens to me, I can remain as cool and confident as this young lady.
Finally, it was my turn to grace the stage. I wanted to say something about my first song, "Pie Jesu," but as soon as I faced the audience, my throat dried up horrifically, even though I had been drinking lots of water; I don't know how I managed to sing.
I do love singing, but still get horrendously nervous; I am hoping that the more I perform, the less nail-bitingly afraid I will be.
Luckily, I was able to introduce my next song, "O Mio Babbino Caro," and tell the audience a little bit of what the song was about. Whenever I mention the aria's about a girl pleading with her father to let her marry the one she loves, or else she'll throw herself into the river, it always gets a chuckle from the audience. I enjoy performing this song because it's so dramatic.
At the last minute, I decided not to include "Ben," as I wasn't too happy with the way it sounded. I have recorded it at a later date, which you can find on my YouTube channel.
So, skipping the only English song in my set list, I plunged straight into my final piece, "Time To Say Goodbye." I enjoy singing this song very much, and my favourite part is the "Io con te" at the end.
I was working with a new backing track for this song, and although I knew it, I slightly rushed the first verse out of nerves, but once I hit the chorus, I got into the flow, and slowed down.
I received a round of applause for all of my songs, and when I had finished, I hopped down from the stage and watched the remainder of the acts, who all performed wonderfully.
When the showcase had finished, I packed up and put my camera in the car, and continued shopping with my family. They were in the audience, but I try not to look at people I know when I'm singing, as it makes me nervous. It's funny, but I find it easier to perform for complete strangers than people I know.
I suddenly felt very hungry, so after a while, we returned home, and I treated myself to a nice lunch, and my Mum made me a cup of tea.
Unfortunately, my camera did not pick up any audio; it was my first time trying out my new shotgun microphone, but, don't worry, we've got the problem all sorted and ready for the next time.
Until next time,