After releasing Chapter 1 yesterday, I recognized obvious connections between Maye’s opening night performance anxiety, Derek’s need to lower the keys in her songs, and Dellasura’s need for hydration, with my upcoming big band gig July 5.
This concert will be the first time I’ve sung publicly since losing my voice almost five years ago. But this past year, as I’ve gone through many layers of healing (acupuncture, homeopathic remedies, massage, counseling, etc), my voice is slowly returning — enough that I’m able to sing most of my old big band tunes, my voice is just different now. I don’t have the focused voice control I used to have; again, its just different.
But the rush is still the same; maybe moreso because I thought I’d never sing again; I simply don’t and will never have the voice I had before.
Example, here’s “For All We Know” recorded in the late 1990s. (During my “torch songs” phase.) I used to love singing this song. Unfortunately, its one that my voice won’t do anymore. Glad I had the chance to record it.
Hence, this writer’s source for Maye’s opening night performance anxiety; and Derek’s concern that she might need to lower the keys of her songs. I simply do not have the upper range I used to have before losing my voice!
We only get one rehearsal and its tomorrow evening. So, the past few days while writing Chapter 1, no doubt the characters’ moods were influenced by my rapidly approaching gig; a mix of concern and excitement all mixed up together.
I’ve been drinking outrageous amounts of water to stay hydrated. I’d finished a glass while thinking about Dellasura’s situation. Her hair looks so dry and windblown. (I purchased her “pre-owned.”) I thought, oh, her character’s probably thirsty too with that dry hair.
If your atoms are beamed from space to planet, there would have to be some leakage of atoms, meaning some of those little buggers won’t make it, so which ones would that be? The technology wouldn’t be used if it leaked anything with DNA and whatnot, so what would the technology allow to leak in order to work if they know that some particles are going to leak, no matter how few? Water! Of course! Which would explain the dry and static-charged hair! Which would translate to dry skin and thirst! Ta da!
I ran to the kitchen for an ice water refill. Cool and refreshing. But wait. If her atoms have been scattered in space and reassembled — albeit with some missing water molecules, yes she would need water, but at what temperature? And does it matter?
Hot? No! If her atoms have just reassembled, hot would be the equivalent of higher altitude loss of pressure, which is the opposite of sticking those molecules back together as happens at lower altitudes. Cold? Might shock her system. Temperature matters.
What temperature water is best for rehydration?
I googled it.
The best water temperature for rehydration is 16 degrees C or 60.8 degrees F. Wow. Who knew? So, Dellasura would need to drink water at its optimum temperature for rehydration in order to be okay. Excellent! In fact, why not her bath water as well. A full 60.8 degree water immersion for optimal recovery after a space transport.
And then I thought, wait a minute, maybe I too should be drinking 60.8 degrees water in preparation for my gig? In order to get maximum impact from the effort? Why not? Can’t hurt. Okay, so I’m not putting thermometers in my water, but I definitely cut back on the ice cubes.
July 5 Big Band Concert Information
The concert is part of the City of Fruita’s (Colorado) Thursday Night Concert Series, which are outdoors in Civic Center Park. The park has a really big stage, which is nice when you’ve got 11 musicians, instruments, stands … I know… Frank, the band leader, has been trying to get into the summer concert series for years.
Thursday July 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Frank Bregar Big Band Concert
Civic Center Park
Here’s a screenshot of the City of Fruita’s poster for the concert series for any locals reading this who are interested. As you can see, we’re on July 5th.
And no, I have no idea yet what I’m wearing! That topic will no doubt be another post between now and then as Maye decides what she’s wearing for that opening, I’m sure. Photographing so many gorgeous Barbie dresses will no doubt spark some inspiration. (I have to come up with something that’s already in my closet, so a slightly bigger challenge, but … I do have that red crinoline petticoat that might just work under something …. hmmm…
The gig was fun. I definitely struggled with the higher range, but the band was great and we had a blast! In short, it felt great to sing again! And I can check that one off my rebuilding list! Yay!