Friday, March 16, 2007

The Anti-Dork Pill & Infernal Journal Giggles

Before I talk about ANYTHING today... I have to, have to, have to post a link to what my friend Nat is doing at her radio station in Montreal in conjunction with Apple computers latest campaign. Go HERE and laff, laff, laff (especially at the 3rd video in the series) at the complete zany humour that this brilliant girl is capable of. (Incidentally, I'm so happy that's she's ended up with such a handsome guy who is as equally twisted as she.) Her two Chihuahua's Flea and Chachi make hysterical cameos as well. hah

In other news, my voice session was last night and it went well. (or at least I think it did.) It only took about 15-20 minutes, which is not an unreasonable amount of time for a first time outing. I wish there was an anti-dork pill that one could take before such engagements, to calm the nerves and insecurities of performing a silly cartoon voice in front of a room of six strangers and being subject to scrutiny. Not that it turned out to be a bad thing. Not at all. Although I was incredibly self-conscious and subsequently sweating like a pig because of it. In all fairness, I should clarify that I couldn't see the 6 people. I was isolated in a booth - BUT - there was a camera on me - so they could see me. GAAAAH
I think at one point just before I began, there was a solitary moment where I thought "What the hell am I doing here?" and started to doubt myself. But then I countered that with... "You've got this huge chance to do what you've always wanted to do - now just show 'em what you got. They're expecting a professional, and only YOU know that you're an impostor." So I did it. And last night in bed I was lying there thinking about it and I kept giggling. Which was keeping poor Ted up. He asked me why I was giggling and I just had to tell him, it was one of the most fun things I've ever done. I loved it. What a great thing!
So now what? I'm going to pursue this. I mean really pursue it. And I'm saying it in my blog to make sure that I've got a few witnesses that I'm going to carry-out one of my infamous big ideas that I usually only talk about but never do. 'Cause THAT, my friends, THAT which I did last night is something that I could do for the rest of my life and always have fun doing it.
Phew! All this inspiration from voicing an animated Kit Kat bar for a website!! Who knew?
Now here's hoping they don't secretly recast/replace my part before the whole thing comes to fruition. hah

Anyhow, I should be thinkin' 'bout work. So I bid you a great weekend!

The song of the day is for my dad. Today would have been his 71st birthday and I'm grateful now that he instilled a love of country music in me. He'd be happy to know that, considering his love of HEE HAW aggravated me so much when I was a kid.

Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose - Dwight Yoakam

Well I'm back again
for another night
Of trying to break free from the sadness I can't lay to rest
This old honky-tonk
sure does feel like home
And the music and the laughter seem to soothe my loneliness

So turn it on,
turn it up,
turn me loose
From the memory that's driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me forget her
so the louder the better
Hey mister, turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose

Now if a tear should fall,
if I should whisper her name
To some stranger I'm holdin' while we're dancin' to an old Buck Owens' song
I know she won't mind,
she won't even know
'Cause she'll be dancing with a memory crying teardrops of her own

So turn it on,
turn it up,
turn me loose
From the memory that's driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me forget her
so the louder the better
Hey mister, turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose

So turn it on,
turn it up,
turn me loose
From the memory that's driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me forget her
so the louder the better
Hey mister, turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose
Yeah mister, turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Videos: Funny.

The Weird Feeling While Recording: Don't you wonder if it would be better if there were people in the room, because at least then there would be an audience you could be performing to, rather than just throwing it out into the void?

Jerome (who's not signed in and can't be bothered doing so at this time)

Keltie said...

It SOUNDS fun! I can hardly wait to hear the results of your work.

And I still miss your dad.

John said...

I don't know Jerome. There the difference may be between the performer in you, and the introvert in me. The thought of "performing" in front of people makes me visably and audibly nervous. Who knows though... maybe with practice I could overcome that. But for now... I just don't thrive, knowing I have an audience of any number unless I'm really comfortable with the people involved. Something I should work on I guess.

And Keltie, ...I love you so. And so did my dad. I'm so glad I shared the fondest experiences of my childhood with you and that you had the chance to know my dad.

Anonymous said...

I just know that when I've done recording stuff (though it was music, mostly) it makes me feel MORE self-conscious to be in the room alone. It made me feel goofier than when other people are there...

Still Jerome

ian said...

I remember seeing John perform live. It was an Amy Grant song for a talent competition. Yeah, it sure made him nervous. He did a great job though, much better than I did trying to squeal out a song way out of my vocal range at the time.

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