Thursday, February 23, 2017

Flashback: Stepping Back Into MY Day Dream

"Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.
Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control
and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory."
Arthur Ashe



I was told to bring dresses, gowns and to look nice. I did not know what to pack, though I knew I would need to look red carpet worthy where it was most important; the most important being at the Tatarstan Filarmonia in Kazan, Russia.




I had waited for that moment for such a long time. I imagined it in my mind, never considering that my dream would come into fruition. And then it did and I had to be my best on the stage, regardless of the cold that the deep freeze of Russia was gripping me with.

I was like a pressure cooker about to explode with excitement at the reality that it was happening for real. The simple idea of it was something worth salivating over and finally, I was at the point where I could tweak the image in my mind like a filmmaker as I literally stumbled into the vivid situation.


I looked like I was serious about what I came to do and confident on the outside, but on the inside, I was hiding my fear of either coughing on the stage in the middle of a song or having a runny nose on the stage, during my performance. But I couldn’t deny the fact that I had finally reached a vision I had only saw in the REM of a daydream. Here are some other photos from that night as well as a piece of a performance that solidified the thought, "Yes, I am here, singing with an orchestra; "At Last!"





With Anatoliy, the condutor of the
Tatarstan Filarmonia Orchestra

With Oklahoman singer and my duet partner
at the Tatarstan Filarmonia in Kazan, Russia,  Tavis Minner

With the Tatarstan Filarmonia Orchestra

video

14 comments:

  1. wow what a wonderful memory. you are really talented and i hope to hear you perform one day. Simply beautiful.

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  2. I love hearing this story behind your performance. It's just as important as the performance itself. This is a great memory!

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  3. Congrats on fulfilling a dream! That is such a wonderful experience, you should be so proud of yourself!

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  4. It must have been an amazing experience! Such a wonderful memory that you will always hold dear to your heart.

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  5. Congrats on your big night! Sounds exciting and I'm sure you did great. At Last was one of the songs we added to our parents 50th anniversary sound track and I just love hearing it.

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  6. What an amazing night! I can only imagine how many times you think about it. I know I would.. gives me chills just thinking about how exciting it would be.

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  7. How exciting this must of been for you! I would of been so afraid! I froze during a dance competition in high school, it was horrible!

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  8. What an amazing life moment! I cant even imagine. Buggest Congrats!

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  9. So jealous! That's an amazing moment, and in Russia too! I would love to just visit there!

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  10. What a great achievement! Love that you have all these great photos to remember your time in Russia. I would love to visit one day!

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  11. What a beautiful performance! You look just lovely! Congrats!

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  12. Can't imagine how exciting it must have been to be up there on that stage. You must have been thrilled.

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  13. So awesome! Congrats and thanks for seeing behind the curtain!

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  14. This is incredible. You work hard. You look fabulous. I'm so glad you have a memory like this.

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