Sunday, May 09, 2010

The One Where I Forgot it Was Mother's Day and Posted a Video of Me Singing Instead

I'm so embarrassed.

I had all these great ideas about how I would celebrate Mother's Day on my blog. I also had a great idea about what I would do for my Mom for the holiday.

You know.  The holiday that happens next week?

I honestly thought it was next Sunday. 

Imagine my surprise when I got breakfast in bed yesterday morning, and a gourmet dinner cooked by my gourmet husband, and all kinds of wonderful notes and projects and cards and homemade gifts from my children and two plants at church.

I had a wonderful Mother's Day.

So, do you think it would be dumb to do all my Mother's Day posts the week after the event? Seems sort of anti-climactic, but whatever.

Maybe I'll do it anyway.

And maybe I won't.

But what I will do is post this video. You might remember the concert my husband and I did in February since that's pretty much all I ever blogged about for a couple months. Well, several of you asked for video of the event, and even though I'm not really sure I want to, I'm posting a video. (I hope it works.)(I also hope it doesn't work.)

By the way, it's not actual video of me, for which I'm glad. You get to watch The Maestro conduct as if you were a member of the second violins or the percussion section. There was no other video taken of the show, and Joel always videotapes himself like this for applying to workshops and the like.

It's cool though.  It's fun to watch him conduct.

And don't worry, you can hear me singing. Most of the time.  Since the video was taken from the back of the orchestra, sometimes you can't hear me too well, but mostly you can.

I must tell you, that after listening to this performance a lot, I have found many, many reasons not to be happy with it: I lose my breath here, I have an ugly vowel there and I especially hate my last note. Mostly because I was on the verge of tears at the end and the voice was faltering.

Okay, so enough with the self-deprecation. I'm going to be brave and post this. I'm posting only the freakishly long aria (Salce, Salce/Ave Maria) from Otello. As a refresher, I am singing the character of Desdemona. She is talking with her sister, Emilia, while getting ready for bed just moments before Othello comes in and kills her. She senses something is wrong, and tells Emilia the story of a girl named Barbara. Once Emilia leaves, she prays the Ave Maria, which is the part that makes me cry every time.

The introduction is like three years long, but beautiful. Just imagine having to stand on stage and look all tragic for all that time.  Oh, and the whole thing lasts about 15 minutes, so maybe grab a drink or some popcorn.

I'll shut up now.

I hope you enjoy! (And if you don't, please don't tell me about it.)(Thanks.)

Untitled from Lara Neves on Vimeo

PS The winner of the book A Letter to My Daughter is Hilary!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I love those arias! Thanks for posting lets me live vicariously a little bit! I loved my college days and am grateful for all my music training. My challenge is that in my current situation, I don't often have opportunities to use it, beyond lullabies, or church (not that those aren't important--THAT'S WHY I CHOOSE TO USE MY TALENTS THAT WAY, and I love using them that way--but they're not exactly the right venue for "Mi chiamano Mimi", or "The Jewel Song", you know?)
    Because of my current church calling as ward choir director, I have a new appreciation for conducting, too. So it WAS fun to watch Joel. He conducts very expressively. I'm impressed.

  2. I think you sound beautiful! My only complaint is why isn't the camera on YOU!!

  3. And my only complaint is that it was so quiet--I turned up my speakers full blast and could barely hear your gorgeous voice!

    (Fascinating watching the maestro at work.)

  4. I loved hearing you sing, Lara. What a wonderful gift you have. Thanks for being brave and posting this!

  5. Gorgeous, Lara! What a power duo you two must be for the university and your area in general. :)

    Thanks for sharing. More! Brava! Brava!

  6. You sound fabulous!! Really and truly fabulous!!

    And I am glad that you had a Happy Mother's Day--even if you forgot!! (0;

  7. Superb! Your voice is incredible & this is such a difficult piece! My daughter is a vocalist & is now learning the Ave Maria. I am blown away by the video! Also, kudos to the Maestro~as an audience we see the conductor's back, so it was wonderful to see his expressions!

  8. Lara, I loved that. Absolutely gorgeous. I hope you don't mind my sharing it with my brother-in-law (the tenor), Eric! (He's at USC--they just did Das Liebesverbot!)

  9. You sound absolutely beautiful!

    We are SO hard on ourselves. I can NEVER just enjoy listening to or watching a performance of myself. I'm too busy criticizing every little thing I did wrong.

  10. I know you won't ever believe me, but the video's not showing up for me. PErhaps it's my filter.
    I will think it in my mind though, and I will love it. Of course, I'm thinking a showtune, and not opera;)

  11. What a fun unexpected surprise to wake up to a celebration all about you, and to not even anticipate it! And I would give away my left pinky toe to sing like you. Seriously! you are amazing.

  12. How funny! My kids had been letting "surprises" slip all week, so there was no way to forget. Besides, I look forward to my day off.

    Anyway, I'm glad it was a good one and I'm sure no one at the concert noticed any of your mistakes. We are our own biggest critics.

  13. wahh the video wont play for me! :( I am sure you two were fabulous!

    My mom totally forgot it was mothers day too! :) I'd love to see your mother's day post, even if it is late.

  14. wow, girl, you can SING. WOW. Really. Just wow.

  15. I agree with Kristina! The camera should be on you. It's wonderful, though!

  16. Oh my goodness, I'm overwhelmed, star-struck, goosebumps popped out on my arms as soon as you started to sing. Wow. I'm so glad I heard/saw this....I'm even a little sniffly right now, excuse me. That was wonderful. PS - the music was fabulous too!

  17. Stunning. You've always been a fantastic soloist, but you have (if possible) gotten even better. It's so true that we are our own worst critic... you sounded flawless to me. The final note was stunning. Absolutely gorgous. Thank you for sharing.

  18. You are so funny! That was a brilliant performance. How great is it that you live in such a place as you do to be able to be so surrounded by great performances and culture?! You and Joel are such a team! I love that about the two of you!

  19. Lara!!!!!! Oh my goodness, that was sublime. C'est Magnifque, Brava, etc. Wow. Your phrasing is really superb and your high notes were perfect. I know this is nerdy, but your technique was marvellous--soft palate, resonance, all of it was great. I'll stop because I must sound like a major goober or possibly a stalker.
    But trying to instill some of this in middle school kids and then hearing such an excellent example was cool. Thanks for posting it and I hope you'll bring us more. It was also really fun to watch Joel. I picked up some good stuff from him. You two are an amazing pair.

    And yes, louder on the volume would have been good.

  20. Your voice is glorious. Thank you for adding so much beauty to my day! What a wonderful performance.