If you want to skip my interminable yakking and go straight to Brissiemaz singing ‘Summertime’, scroll down to the end of the post beneath my gorgeous red rose. I’m shamelessly including a couple of flowers from the Chelsea Flower Show…. who needs an excuse to put such wonderful flowers on display!
Earlier this year I awoke to find that I had apparently lost my voice. It had never happened before and being a singer who still performs in public it came as quite a shock. It happened so suddenly! Being my usual cool, calm and collected self I decided that panicking was the best option and raced off to the doctor to see if my vocal cords could be spared. While I was in the car I was berating myself for not having made a proper recording before this….how stupid to leave it till it was too late!
I was almost in tears by the time I sat down in the waiting room but had calmed down a bit by the time I finally saw the doctor who didn’t have a clue what was going on and gave me a letter to see a specialist…….the ear, nose and throat guy……but of course there was no appointment available till a few months down the track. So….what to do?
Next day I woke up with my voice intact. Maybe it was just a glitch. Who knows? I’m OK today, I think to myself, so no need to panic……….but I’m at an age where my singing voice could go awol at any time. Again…..what to do?
So I decided on a positive approach and went on the net to find a recording studio that suited my needs and was not too far from home and immediately booked a few days of recording sessions. Then I resolved to get the CD’s done BEFORE I saw the specialist in case he said that under no circumstances should I be singing .
OK…..I know…….sand……burying my head in it. Guilty as charged.
Months of hard work later I have finished the recording and am about to see the specialist after having a few tests. My voice held up well, I had no pain or discomfort despite doing lots of singing so I’m hoping I’ll get a clean bill of health from him.
Anyways….I do go on, don’t I…..I’m intending to add a song to this post so I need to keep quiet and get on with it.
It’s a modern version of ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin.
Hope you enjoy it……assuming I get things right and you can play it. I’ll also be putting it on You Tube later with a video so, if all else fails, you can hear it there.
Brissiemaz singing ‘Summertime’…….better late than never! To listen – click on the arrow (that’s for my age group!)
I want to enter this in A Word a Week Challenge – Music. Here’s a link to a wonderful post on the subject by A Word in Your Ear
Heartfelt thanks to BJ from Staraudio with whom I spent many deafening hours in the recording studio.
The wav format wouldn’t upload so I had to go with mp3 and I think the sound is not as warm…….the backing sounds a little thin? Will keep trying to upload wav.