I got the video back from my night at The Capital. Michael was away the first time I watched it and I confess that I was rather aghast; some of the moments I remembered being really great sounded, well… downright awful on the film. When Michael got home we watched a few minutes together and he confirmed that there is a lot missing in the sound. Hey, there’s only so much you can ask of the microphone on a little camera. But what a relief to know it wasn’t just in my head!
I’m still really happy to have the video because despite the limitations in the sound, it is still educational to watch myself perform, see how I move, catch some of the mistakes I made, pay closer attention to the two pianists, and so on. I may still be able to salvage a clip or two for you, but I’ll need a bit of time to experiment.
In the meantime, I remembered that there was some other video of me performing that I’ve never shared here. Back in 2004 (wow, a time before blog!) Michael convinced me to participate in a “North of 60 Idol” competition organized by the Royal Canadian Legion in Yellowknife. I thought he was nuts, since Yellowknife was a 9-hour drive from our home in Fort Liard and competing would mean travelling there four times in the course of eight weeks. He persuaded me in the end, telling me that I could win us the honeymoon trip we’d never had, since first place was a trip for two to Disneyland. (I thought this was hilarious; Michael’s not a Disney fan and he’d never have chosen it as a honeymoon destination. But I’m a Disney fan, so hey.)
This video is from the fourth and final night of the competition, when the Legion brought in some professional equipment to film it. Each of the finalists performed two songs; I did “Danny Boy” and “On My Own” (from Les Miserables). How fitting is it to post Danny Boy on St. Patrick’s Day?
So Happy Paddy’s Day to all ye who celebrate it. I think I’ll go make myself a cup of green tea since it’s the girls’ quiet time. And maybe I’ll go dig out those pictures of our trip to Disneyland…
(Also: happy birthday, Opa!)