This week I start my intense vocal/physical preparation to take home the crown at the CT MEGASTAR competition. It starts this Tuesday and I fully intend to go sit, drink, and watch to get a better sense of what people are doing, what performances sell, uptempos or ballads, and crowd. I’m going to take insane mental notes. I’m going to smooch with the locals. Whatever it takes.
Then, I’m going to disappear until July, watching from their live camera feed online. July 10th I’m going there with one mission: to sing like no one’s watching. I’ve got three song choices. Two are uptempo, in order to the please the crowd, the third, is most certainly in there because I know I can sing the crap out of it.
How will I prepare? Well, I’m glad you asked. For starters, I’m hitting the gym and running for as long as possible on the treadmill. You’re probably wondering what the heck that has to do with anything.
WELL… running involves breathing, just as singing involves breathing. When you run, it forces you to take better, longer lasting breaths with your diaphragm. When I sing, although I use my diaphragm a good 90% of the time, in a moment of panic or nerves, my voice hitches up to my throat and as soon as there’s one scratch, its over for the night. I’m sensitive that way. It sucks, but I deal with it best I can. I’ve developed pretty good technique, so it doesn’t happen often. I have to make sure I avoid it happening, at all. (Unless, I rock out too hard. Which is a total possibility, ha ha).
Other than running=breathing exercises, I will be practicing all three songs for about a good hour and change everyday. I want my voice to get familiar with the notes, my mouth with the shapes and sounds, my body with the movement. I’m not going crazy and dancing or anything, but I need to get the crowd pumping, maybe sway my hips a bit, maybe point out a single person, depends on the crowd that night. But unless I practice something now, I will both look and feel awkward once on stage. Sooo… with my handy dandy karaoke machine I fully intend to perform in my kitchen as though it were the real thing. I hope the neighbors don’t lose their minds and call the cops for noise pollution! LOL. I can be pretty loud.
I haven’t decided on outfits… I have to do that. Maybe save up some money and get some nice shirts to wear over some jeans and some new jewelry. I want to get my hair straightened. I have a vision, people. I might even put a cool glittery tattoo near my eye to enhance my makeup. I’m taking it all sorts of levels.
Now, you may be asking, why the heck is it that serious? I mean, it’s a stupid karaoke competition. Let me start off by saying, it isn’t JUST a karaoke competition. This is New England’s largest VOCAL competition, meaning that I might just be up against people who kick serious butt. Why would they be taking it so seriously? Becasue the grand prize is $3500 and studio time. Because the song you record is played on the local radio station. Because, although local, this is really major. So yea, do you see why I’ve sort of lost my mind a little bit? This has to be the best performances of my entire life. And I fully intend to make that possible.