Regular readers of my blog and those that follow me on social media will know that during our first lockdowns last year, I took the plunge and started to sing into my phone and post the songs online. I finally got my website sorted out and published it and I started a Facebook page specifically for the music sprinkled with positive quotes. I’ve been delighted with all the love and support I have received and all the positive comments, shares and visits have really given me more confidence to keep doing what I’m doing.
About three weeks ago I received a message on my music page from a lady who runs a music group on Facebook. She asked me if I would do a live set for them. Holy moly!!! Fear seized me, then excitement, swiftly followed by more fear. I was stunned. Delighted but stunned. Well I had to say yes didn’t I? This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something I have never done before. I have never done a Facebook live and I have never, ever, ever sang live in public. It’s one thing to sing into my phone and post it online but to sing live!!!!
So I said yes and arranged the date with her. I go live on Sunday 21st February at 4 pm GMT in The Virtual Bar. I have been practicing nine songs for the half hour set. I wasn’t sure how many I would need and if I start chatting, then I may only need one or two!!! Best to be prepared and have more than enough. I’m very grateful to this lady for giving me the opportunity to sing live and push my boundaries, as scary as it may be. I need to do it.
I’ve been reading a lot over the past months about Law of Attraction and I have watched the film The Secret. It’s so interesting the concept of asking for, working towards and manifesting what you want. Since I was a child I have imagined myself on stage singing. I was in my bedroom as a teenager singing away to my records and working out my dance moves. I lost most, if not all, of that creativity and enthusiasm as life unfolded and I wandered up and down different paths. When I gave up work to look after my parents, their Doctor said I needed to have something for me to escape and unwind with. Back came the music. Now life has guided me down another path and the music has become my main focus. I’m forever thinking of songs, drafting lyrics, dancing in the kitchen and yes again, visualising myself on a stage singing. Especially over these past months when I’ve been posting songs online. Is it possible that I am manifesting my dream?
February has opened up an opportunity for me. I’m pushing myself outside of the comfort zone. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Following on from the evening with the Home Free guys, I went to see Kylie. I knew we were in for a sparkling show, there was sparkle everywhere…hats, t-shirts, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, face painting, I was soooooo underdressed. Himself has been a huge fan of Kylie for a long time and I really like her music, especially as on her last album she went Country. When I go out.
It was a great concert, huge disco balls, great dancing, fantastic singing, wonderful stage settings and it was like one amazing party. It was fabulous to be there to see such a global sparkling star as Kylie. I always feel a little sad that she hasn’t found her soulmate, if the media is to be believed she has been let down in love. I suppose you can’t have everything.
As usual, a few pictures and some quick video’s from the night, I wasn’t too close but I hope you get the idea of how the arena became a disco party.
This is Resorts World just outside of Birmingham, next to the arena which I believe has changed it’s name yet again, now known as Resorts World Arena. Resorts World is full of bars, restaurants, shops, cinema and a casino. I haven’t visited there yet but it just looked so lovely on a clear moonlight night as we walked from the car park to the arena to see Kylie.
Before life started to completely unravel on me last September I did manage to get out to two live gigs, on consecutive nights!! Nothing for months and then two, one after another.
One event I was very, very, very excited about. Home Free were in Birmingham. Regulars readers of my blog will know that my parents discovered these amazing guys on You Tube last year and we all became huge fans. I was jumping around the room when I discovered they were visiting my city and I was so thrilled to get tickets. The weather was atrocious the night they were on, torrential rain, fierce winds but you couldn’t keep me away. I actually let out a scream when they walked out on stage, thankfully I wasn’t the only one that did so. Oh my, those guys can sing. It was pure joy from start to finish. I don’t have the words to convey how fantastic I found this concert, I think I’m probably obsessed by them. If you haven’t heard their voices check them out Home Free on You Tube
I have a few pictures from the evening…of course.
Jeffery Joseph East was the support and he is definitely going places, a pure voice, great lyrics and built a good rapport with the audience. Jeffrey Joseph East
Yes I was fairly close and yes I have my eyes peeled for the next time they visit Birmingham, I so want to be there.