Ok, back story here first:
I've been involved in community theatre for several years now. I always have a tremendously wonderful time. In comedies and dramas. Musicals? Not so much. I never thought I could sing well enough. Oh, I auditioned a couple of times...and did horrible. Or so I thought. And apparently the directors did too, because I never got a part.
But I sooo wanted to do this. I wanted to be in a musical, darn it! It's one thing if I can't sing because I don't have any talent...but it's another thing all together if I can't sing because I don't know how
. I was pretty sure that if someone could work with me a little, maybe I could at least get a little confidence and maybe try auditioning again.
So, about two months ago a guy I know is back home from out of state to be the Music Director for this summer's Community Theatre musical production of "Chicago". This guy has some serious musical chops. He went to an Arts HS and has a Master's in Choral Music. If he can't teach me, no one can.
I bit the bullet, screwed up the courage and asked him if he could give me singing lessons. "Sure!", he says. I told him to let me know how much it would cost. "Free for you!" he says. "No way, you can't give them to me for free!" I said. Then I had a great idea to solve this little dilemma. We could swap talents. I could make an art project for him and he could teach me to sing. Perfect!
May I present:
Lady Sings the Blues
Treble Clef transferred on the 1/4 plywood. I also made a cradle backing for the plywood to prevent warping.
One piece of stained glass with enough color variety to suit my design. It varied from a very light, almost white, blue to a dark, almost black, cobalt blue. It was a beautiful piece of glass.
The inevitable DNA sample added to the piece.
Two tones of blue glass
All three tones of blue glass
I thought I had pictures of the piece getting grouted but must of forgot to upload them. Shucks.
One more of the finished piece.
I haven't given it to him yet. We have one lesson this week and one next week. He says I'm doing well....I think I've improved considerably too. I hope he likes it. I'm pretty sure he will.
But I still don't know I'll ever get a role in a musical but at least I'll have the confidence to try it again.
My motto: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You'll never know until you try.