Getting Back On That Horse

This has nothing to do with sewing. Last weekend I walked onstage for the first time in more than 6 years and performed, and boy, did it feel great! It was a one-song-wonder, as part of a larger gala to benefit our high school. I performed “No One Is Alone” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. I didn’t realize how much I missed being onstage. I took a hiatus due to cancer and confidence issues, but once I walked out there, it felt like home. My friend Thaïs took a video on her iPad, thanks Thaïs! The video is a little overexposed (Irish skin under bright lights, go figure) but I think the audio turned out pretty well.

Keeping it Gorgeous Fabrics-oriented, I wore the Vogue 2237 Gown and Bolero by Badgley Mischka that I made 5 years ago – as an aside, YAY! It still fits!!!

The gala was a huge success, raising a lot of money for the music program and the marching band. DH and DS the Younger did a baritone saxophone duet, but I haven’t seen any videos of that yet. They did a great job.

Afterwards, DH and I went out for Scoobies at a local restaurant. It’s kind of fun the attention you get when you show up for an early dinner at the local nice restaurant in a fabulous gown and tux, respectively.

Post Performance Scoobies

Why, yes, I would love a glass of champagne!

A good time was had by all, it was fun to perform again, it was even more fun to see all the students performing – what a trove of talent!

I think I need to start singing regularly again. Next up sewing-wise, I’ll adjust the Kwik Sew pattern so I can make my cardigan from the Italian wool.

Happy sewing!

32 thoughts on “Getting Back On That Horse”

  1. Meg Allen says:

    O, how wonderful! I haven’t heard that song in such a long while. You sounded fantastic – what a terrific come-back! Well done.

  2. Teresa Kennard says:

    Oh my what a wonderful voice you have. The dress is beautiful. I have that pattern. Will you be doing a blog post on it?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      I did one, Teresa. You can see it Here
      And thanks!

  3. Rhoda K says:

    Beautiful, Ann, congrats on your comeback. Nice photo of you both. I’ll look forward to the sax duet. I do have to ask though, what are Scoobies?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Scoobie Snacks, Rhoda! We joke with our friends when we go out for a nice dinner that we had “good scoobies”. 🙂

      1. Rhoda K says:

        Blush 😉

  4. Anniex says:

    Lovely. You were right to get back in the saddle, you look like you belong on the stage. Champagne was very appropriate.

  5. Paceda Petrone says:

    What a beautiful voice you have!

  6. Dilliander says:

    You have a gorgeous voice Anne, lovely video and dress!

  7. Martha says:

    You are talented in many areas. Good for you in having the courage to use your beautiful voice once again on stage.

  8. Karen says:

    What a beautiful voice you have! Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Jean says:

    Beautiful voice, beautiful dress. Glad you enjoyed singing again.

  10. Joan says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. It’s so nice that you’re singing again. A very brave woman once again faces down fear.

  11. Rhonda says:

    Oh, how beautiful – in so many ways. The audience got to hear your voice, you got to feel at home, and we learned that you have yet another great skill that we did not know about. Yes, just great. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Wendy says:

    Excellent low mix, beautiful open top, well balanced, fine diction. Brava!

    Have you looked at “I’m not afraid of Anything” from Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Not yet, Wendy, but I will! 😊

  13. Yvonne says:

    Lovely soprano singing a heartstrings tugging song. Thank you for sharing your gift. It’s always scary to give yourself away like that, but isn’t it rewarding? You and your husband look smashing, as well!

  14. Eileensews says:

    Fantastic singing!!! Glad you’ll be pursuing that part of your life again.

  15. Judi in Tinton Falls says:

    What a Joseph’s Coat of talents you have. Brava!

  16. Kathi Sorensen says:

    Bra a!!! Beautiful, I love Into The Woods! Your voice is really spectacular and so is the dress!

  17. Anne Szabo says:

    Beautiful. Glad to see you are back singing.

  18. Allyn says:

    Bravo! What a magnificent voice! Glad you had another opportunity to wear that gorgeous gown.

  19. JoAnn says:

    I loved your voice and singing as much or more than I always enjoy your lessons.

  20. sewsy says:


  21. Karen saull says:

    Ann, what a beautiful voice you have! Beautiful performance from an amazing
    woman! So you are multi-talented and excel at all!
    Thank you for sharing!

  22. Elle Dechene says:

    Such a beautiful voice! Brava.

  23. Judy says:

    Wonderful. Period. Thank you for posting it.

  24. Robyn says:

    Congratulations! You have a beautiful voice and it’s great that you had fun doing something you love. Thanks for sharing with us. Long live art in schools!

  25. lynne delnegro says:

    brava, brava brava. i am so happy that you are again using the wonderful gift of singing. You are incredibly talented in so many areas.

  26. Cindy Flagg says:

    Your performance was just fabulous! {wild applause}

  27. Amy L says:

    Your singing made me smile! I’m not a solo gal – more of the chorus type, but share your love of music and singing. Hope this gets you fired up for more.

  28. Andrea says:

    Beautiful Ann, thank you for sharing. You’re a woman of many talents! And clearly a musical family.

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