Who told you you’re allowed to rain on my parade?

So I guess the Apollo Theater is known for a tough crowd…but JEEZ.
They were booing us before we could even start our acts.
While I was sitting off stage waiting to go on I thought, “is it even worth it?” The only people who didn’t get booed were doing things that were completely different. There was a dancer who did roboty things and a drummer (whose friends were doing all of the booing) and a sax player. There were a couple singers who stayed, but neither of them won and they were both Tops in Blue priors with this amazing stage presence.
It was still fun though.
I’ve been living and breathing this song for over a year now and this was my first opportunity to really PERFORM it. As soon as the music started all of my nerves fell away and I did what I practiced. And I was on fire. It doesn’t matter that I was booed off before I was halfway done (I didn’t even get to “Hey Mr. Arnstein, here I am!”) because I got energy from the crowd and I used it to perform better.
And that’s what I couldn’t do in Texas last year. I was petrified by the audience, not energized by them. I think it helps that I get to move around on this song but even if I was standing still I feel like it would have been the same.
When I got off stage I was immediately surrounded by supporters who tried to drown out the boos. They bought me drinks and told me, “those people just don’t know music! Let those haters hate. They’re just assholes”. So that definitely helped, haha. But I didn’t need it. I wasn’t concerned about the boos because I know I was on point and because I had so. Much. Fun.
I love performing. I love it, love it, LOVE IT. I love getting all dressed up and wearing stage makeup (although my face hates that part and I hate how I look with makeup caked on) and getting up there and existing.
I’m going to make it this year. Hey Mr. Edwards, here I come!

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Who told you you’re allowed to rain on my parade?

  1. sounds like a good experience in spite of the nasty folks in the audience. booing is just bad form. see what simon cowell has done for us.

This is where the cool people talk about Pirates.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s