Wow. I didn’t realize time could pass so quickly. I didn’t mean to let this space linger, untouched, for two months. But things got a little bit crazy there for a bit, and I only just got home a few days ago, and have been trying to catch my breath ever since.
So…what’s been going on.
As my long-term readers know, I’ve been involved in a local women’s ensemble for a number of years. We do several concerts a year, and the director likes to mix it up and have each concert have a different theme (in the past we’ve done concerts focusing solely on Baroque music, some focusing on just one composer, one time we brought in a bunch of men to sing with us, and so on). Last year we did a concert that encompassed middle eastern inspired music. It was so popular that we did an encore performance in January. And that’s where things got really exciting.
See, little did all of us Vox gals know that there was a producer in the audience. I guess he was home visiting his grandparents and they took him to our concert, and he was really impressed with our music. So to make a long story short, he contacted the director and they got to talking, and it turns out he works with some pretty well known musicians, and one thing led to another, and we all got offered the chance of a lifetime – to perform with one of his clients, doing a new version of one of his most popular hits, but with a bit of a middle eastern flair.
So the past two months have been kind of this whirlwind of rehearsals and fittings for costumes, and oh, did I mention there was a little choreography involved? Seriously, that was a nightmare. I mean, some of the Vox girls have theater experience so it wasn’t a big deal for them, but I’m the sort of clumsy person who can trip over her own feet (here is where everyone who knows me in real life is nodding their head and laughing right now), so that was really a challenge.
But it all worked out (mostly) fine in the end. We flew out to New York last week, and it didn’t go *perfectly*, of course (does it ever?), but it was a lot of fun, and we did the recording, and they say the CD should be hitting the music shops soon. But in case you’re wondering (and because really, how can I *not* spill at least a little bit of the secret!), here’s a little clip of what we’ve all been working so hard on. Phew!