First You Dream.
FIRST YOU DREAM: Crafting a new solo show and watching the amazing Audra McDonald Live From Lincoln Center. (She just won the Tony for “Lady Day.”) Talk about an inspiration! I’m going to sing all of my favorites like she does in concert except the tunes won’t come exclusively from the American Songbook and Broadway – though I will sing a few of those. Gospel, Blues, Disco, an Aria – I have this voice that can handle so many genres, yet I have so few opportunities to sing them all in a concert setting. Ultimately, I’d like a full orchestra behind me (in addition to The Shivers – my core group) but there won’t be anything lacking without it as long as I have my Shivers behind me. My Nina Simone show was the start, then I got distracted (FEAR) but I have to get back on that shit NOW! Don’t know what has buoyed me up to finally do it – but do it I must. Any and all encouragement is strongly requested and sorely needed! Original tunes – I could use a few … In the meantime, Watch the song that was like a shot in the arm – a kick in the butt … Look at those strings, hear those lush arrangements … but first things first, first you dream…