Tuesday, December 09, 2008

One Singular Sensation

I'm at an audition for a musical. I'm pretty sure it's a musical comedy, for which I'm best suited. It is my turn to sing. I decide to sing "On the Other Side of the Tracks" from Little Me, since that song shows off my voice pretty well, and I can sing it in my sleep. 

I open my music book, and it's not where I normally see it--right on top. So I start to leaf through the pages, and it's nowhere to be found. It doesn't dawn on me to pick another song from my book. I was dead set on singing that song. So I tell the accompanist that I can't find my song and I ask him if he knows "On the Other Side of the Tracks". 

Amazingly, he thinks he knows it by heart, and he asks me to start singing it. His talent is sheer brilliance, and he just starts playing along flawlessly, keeping in step with me and my tempo.

My voice doesn't come out sounding its best. It sounds a little strained, like I'm nervous, because I am. Finally, I relax into a bit, and I hit a note that sounds fantastic! I can see that the director is interested. Suddenly, the meaning of the song just washes over me, and I am acting my heart out--not singing my best, mind you--but I'm acting the song like nobody's business. I'm using the whole room and everything in my soul wants to be "on the other side of that great divide, between fame and fortune and ME"! The song is coming to the end. Time for the big finish, and boy, do I drive it home with gusto!

The director is very clearly moved. She comes over to me and gives me a heartfelt hug and a big kiss on the cheek, as if to say, "Thank you, child, for acting!" I am uncertain if I'll get the part. I'm not even certain if I convinced them that I could sing. All I know is that I blew them away with my acting.

And then...I woke up. I looked around the room as the light of the new day was streaming through my windows and thought, "Wow. That was the BEST. DREAM. EVER!"

7 comments:

Cari said...

I think that is a glimpse into your next audtion! You are going to be BRILLIANT!!
XO!
PS. Email me your address please!

Sharon said...

Okay, you REALLY had me going!

Autumn's Mom said...

I was on the edge of my seat!!! I hope you tell us soon, that it really happened to you!! xoxo

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

What an awesome dream!

I once dreamed that David Bowie walked across a hotel lobby and asked me to marry him. That was a good dream. Before he married Iman, I think, and before I realized he's only a few years younger than my dad.

Jen Bates said...

What a wonderful piece of writing, Tracy....but I'm a little miffed it isn't true. I was really getting my hopes up!!! :-)

Cherry said...

Tells ya just how good that writing was because I was reading faster and faster waiting to get to the good news that was sure to follow.

DRAT! a dream?

Well, dreams do come true! While I don't hope this particular dream comes true in all the detail with being nervous and not finding the music, I hope you still wow them.

Dana Cheryl said...

Maybe you should try your hand at writing too 'cause that was good!! :)