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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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StrowlerCon, post the third: My people are amazing. 
16th-Oct-2010 02:36 pm
The con closed with the StrowlerCon Challenge, an open mic event. I'd signed Elayna up earlier in the day, even though she didn't know what she was going to do - dance maybe? Sing? But we knew she'd regret it if she didn't sign up.

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 sang.

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.
16th-Oct-2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Your daughter is on her own, as a person, incredibly awesome. Not just because she is your daughter. But that helps, I'm sure.
16th-Oct-2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, WOW. That's awesome!
Is there any possible way for people who weren't there or watching the live feed to hear Elayna's song? I'd love to hear it.
16th-Oct-2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10134409 (She's on around the 3:30 mark.)
16th-Oct-2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
This is hauntingly beautiful.
16th-Oct-2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but this made me cry. And I haven't even listened to the song yet.
16th-Oct-2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
I think by the end of the song I'd managed to get a reasonable mix of Elayna and the CD in the video feed but with the absolutely tiny amount of sound check we had I was pleased enough with it sounding balanced in the house! The feed to video was mixed independently so it was less of a priority.

(BTW, I gave Elayna's iPod to slipjig after strike. Since I haven't seen any mention of it being missing I'm assuming she got it back.)
16th-Oct-2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, totally!

And yep, Slipjig got it to her, thanks. :)
16th-Oct-2010 11:57 pm (UTC)

Woah. Wow, wow, wow. That was beautiful. I was playing this on my laptop and looked up at B and said "Guess who that is?" She canted her head and I said "Elayna." Her eyebrows shot up into her hair. "Wow."

I'm amused to note.. she stands much like you do, in the brief moments that you are in one place.. but she stands STILL in a way that I've not see you do for more than a few moments at a time. :)
17th-Oct-2010 03:43 am (UTC)
She has poise like I never have.

And - recognize the dress? You had the best bridesmaid dresses EVAR, lady. ^_^
17th-Oct-2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Elayna didn't know that, and was gobsmacked when she found out.

You forgot to illustrate the best part of this exchange:

"This is a really difficult song to sing, even for s00j."
Elayna, brightly: "It's not for me!" . . . *blushes*
17th-Oct-2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Next year, I'm there.
19th-Oct-2010 01:38 am (UTC)
20th-Oct-2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Okay, dammit, next year I'm going. I probably would've this year if not for the fact that I'd just been up at Shinycon the weekend before and 2 weekends in a row NY -> Boston is kind of a lot of travel for me.

btw, I did such a massive doubletake at hearing you were performing with passionandsoul. One of his partners is someone I'm deeply fond of. you truly do know EVERYONE.
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