Back when I started this blog, almost two years ago, one of my first posts dealt with my frustrations at having to learn a couple of arias from Bizet's opera Carmen to sing with Joel's ASU orchestra. It was fun to be able to perform again, even though the Gypsy Dance ended up being something of a disaster in the performance. Habenera went well, though. Very well.
So well, that Joel has commissioned me again to sing with his orchestra. I'll be singing this week. And, I'm again frustrated at learning the French. You see, memorizing the text has always been my weakness. I can sing all the songs I have ever learned for you, if you don't mind that I make up words or sing on la. I remember snippets of text, but, not really.
When I did my Senior Recital at BYU, I remember frantically writing down on notecards the words to all 20 of my songs (Yes twenty. Three Italian, Four German, Three French, Three English and Five Romanian. Okay. Maybe just Eighteen.) several times a day. And still, when the recital rolled around I sang a couple of the verses in one of the German Liederi twice and mixed up a bunch of words all over the place. I skipped an entire section of one of the Barber pieces because I started singing the wrong words and thought I was in a different place than I was. Thank goodness for a good accompanist who followed my every move and for an audience who was none the wiser.
So, even though this is the third time I have had to learn Carmen's Habenera for a performance, I didn't remember a lick of French past l'amour est un oiseau rebelle. Okay, so maybe a little more. But not much.
That picture you see up there is my Yahoo Instant Messenger avatar. I am on the IM often enough when I should be doing other things like the dishes or memorizing French that I figured I should change my avatar to remind me to go write out the words to Carmen or sit at the piano and sing it. And, I think maybe it's working. I think I have the whole thing down now.
Now, to find a dress that fits.