Operation Rango: Awesome
the notification window has closed and i haven’t been contacted, so it doesn’t look like i’ll be moving forward in the NBC vocal competition. however, here’s why the word of the day today is “awesome”:
i was going to sing “sitting on the dock of the bay” but when i played it in the parking garage before i went to the cattle call it was tragically awful.
after a brief crisis of confidence during which i contemplated just leaving, i decided to play dobro love, my alternate.
when it was my turn to sing, i took a deep breath to stay my nerves and “premeditate” the lyrics and pitch in my head since tuning down a half step, which is tonally disorienting if you have good pitch, then said “this is an original song called dobro love. i’m going to give myself two bars intro” and did.
i started to sing, full volume. that room was small enough i’m pretty sure they could hear it outside. the wait staff seemed to pause. no hand, so i closed my eyes and kept going. next measure? still no hand. i kept singing and approached the end of the song, nearly two minutes worth, and he put his hand up.
dramatic pause, pretty much an eternity.
judge: “that was awesome.”
rango: “thank you.”
(background clapping, possibly from outside)
live take from a few months ago at the High Dive, probably similar to what the contestants heard today (but not as awesome):
here was one of the first times i ever played it, a rehearsal combined with the sounds of skype, facebook, and twitter interrupting as i try to arrange a song on dobro that i’ve only played briefly on piano, hours after it came to me, including an acapella sequence where i both screw up the lyrics and drop an f-bomb out of frustration:
..and no studio track yet but here’s the condenser mic take discovered after the video was released:
\m/ (-.-) \m/
❤ ❤ ❤ + ~ (triple with a twist)