Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I Got Misty When I Found Out I Didn't Have Superpowers

Recently, I had the opportunity to go to Siberia and to sing in three different cities in that region of the world. Something happened to me though that I did not expect. 

The first night I was there, I performed at a philharmonic hall in the city of Irkutsk. I returned to my room and as I was gathering my things and trying to sort out my suitcase, I fell and hurt myself. 



I am clumsy on a normal day, but I had never fallen in such a way where I'd hit my head so hard that it left me bleeding and with a big knot on my forehead that left me in tears. If I had hit any lower, I would have broken my nose. 

No one ever expects these things to happen, though sometimes it is good to be prepared. Something as simple as a safety kit with bandages, cotton balls, alcohol pads and ibuprofen can benefit you when something like this occurs; especially when traveling. But for some reason, I did not have that with me. 

I am very weary of sharing problems with people. I rather share good information and seem happy than to admit that there may be something wrong. I rather appear as someone who is invincible than someone with truly human weaknesses, such as an injury that could leave you with tears in your eyes and confusion. But it did. 

Sadly, I came to a realization that being in the tight corner where I was, a million miles away from home and somewhat feeling helpless, I had to break down and confess it to someone who might be able to help me in my situation. And I did.

Being the strong and stubborn person that I am, that was hard for me. But, I found out that there are people who actually care about my position who will come to my aid if something is not so swell. I found out that even in my weakness, it took strength to call out and admit that I needed help. I found out that God is always there no matter what and his voice can move you in your desperation to take action and to change your situation. And he did? 

Though there was a minor salvaging to help correct what was wrong in the moment, I was left with a scar that I tried to hide with my bangs. I could see my own facial disfigurement and it was a little upsetting for me. However, I find that there is nothing like getting on stage in front of a crowd of people to change my mood.



I could be depleted of all my energy and inspiration but then once the mic is in my hand and I am on stage, I become a totally different person. 

So it was a great thing for me to be able to cry out my miseries the next night as the Doctor Jazz Band & I took route to the city of Angarsk in Siberia. We were set to perform that night at this beautiful theater that was decorated in blue and with its fascinating architecture that made me bubble inside. 



It took me a while to get into the soundcheck I'll admit. We were in the midst of rehearsing songs but my mind was in a distant place trying not to think so much about how I had hurt myself and to instead focus on the music. Even the band members seemed worried about me because I am usually a charge of energy but at that particular moment while rehearsing, I was not 100% there.

But then the performance came and everything changed. Somehow, the music and the crowd made me feel better. And what better way to alleviate your stresses than to cry out your woes by singing a song about being misty.  

I was too much in love with the idea of being super and not down. I had been misty about not being invincible. My mind was drifting on the unbelief of not having superhuman strength. But when you realize that you are only human and that things do happen while life is happening, it kind of settles in and humbles you just a little bit.

Please check out the live performance of Erroll Garner's "Misty" performed by me, vocalist Stephanie Jeannot and guitarist Sergey Rushkovskii during my concert with the Doctor Jazz Band at that beautiful theater in Angarsk, Russia. 




I think this excited me just a bit more because it reminded me of something that the late and wonderful Ella Fitzgerald might have done with Joe Pass. Made me feel just a little bit more enthused to somewhat experience the jazz culture in this meaningful way.

Thank you for reading my blogpost. Have a lovely day! 

21 comments:

  1. great performance! You have a beautiful voice! I know what you mean about asking for help. It does take some strength to make yourself vulnerable like that

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  2. What a scary experience! I'm glad you are alright. Music does make things seem better, doesn't it?

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    1. Thank you. Yeah me too. Yup! Music is like therapeutic.

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  3. Beautiful! Music always lifts my mood and makes me see things a little more clearly! I'm so glad that you were okay!!

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    1. Thank you for that. Thank God it was not more severe.

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  4. It's always unnerving to be hurt in a strange place. Glad that you were able to find the courage to push through.

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  5. The show must go on right? Don't ever be afraid to ask for help. It takes a strong person to know they need a hand. You did awesome!

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    1. That;s right. Yeah, asking for help is a must. I realize that now.

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  6. I think it's super that you know you're not super. Ya know? It means your humble and grounded. You found your inner goddess and pushed through. That's you kicking life's butt!

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    1. I had to let go of my ego a little bit. Thank you Nikki. Sorry about the confusion. I will try again okay. Much love!

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  7. How lucky for you to have something in your life you love so much that it was able to remove your life's stresses! I am sure when you fell it was very scary, especially being so far from home!

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  8. Glad you wasn't seriously hurt. I hope the bruise and pain is gone now and no lasting marks. But let's talk about this great opportunity you have/had. Congrats!

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  9. How scary and so happy you are ok. Love your performance. I think music is the one thing that can heal all and unite all.

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  10. This is such an inspiring story. I'm glad you didn't seriously hurt yourself in the fall. I love that you continued on and took away something valuable.

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    1. I'm glad it wasn't more serious too Denise. thank you for that.

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  11. Great performance and lovely voice ...
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