In soundcheck, she decided what she was going to do: sing "Carousel".
As stealthcello told her later to her amazement, this is one of s00j's most vocally challenging songs. Elayna didn't know that, and was gobsmacked when she found out. To her, it is what she sings in the shower, in the park, upstairs, everywhere, and so it was a natural choice. We didn't have a karaoke track, so tech dialed s00j's vocals way down (this doesn't register on the video; in person most of what we were hearing was Elayna).
She was the second person up, right after a fiddler. K introduced her, and she glided onstage in her long green velvet dress, and closed her eyes.
And the crowd was absolutely entranced.
My girl - she has grace and presence and that voice, and there were a few bobbles, but for basically no practice with the mic? she kicked SO MUCH ASS. And the applause was thunderous. She was AMAZING.
She left the stage, and s00j pounced her, laughing, hugging the "OMG" out of her; I joined them and we laughed and hugged; Sharon Knight ran over to tell her how awesome she was, and Heather Dale gushed over her later. She really was just that awesome. My girl!
But it wasn't just her.
One by one, my chosen family took the stage. kythryne with an exquisite husky rendition of "Famous Blue Raincoat". slipjig on guitar accompanying cluegirl as she sang one of her songs, which he'd learned just that day. Person after person, and me just inarticulate with how big my heart felt, there with my amazing people.
We are magic. We are.
We are so doing this again.