Searchlight 2020 Voting Day 10!

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Round 1 Voting for #Searchlight2020 closes at 3p.m. Eastern/ 12p.m. Pacific today, so if you want to vote, you’ll need to do so before then.  Link: https://ngx.me/3pBXGbi.h?ngxItemID=c4d114c4a09c978f8df89a57d06d6e35

Likes, shares, comments are also extremely helpful- I value your insight.  Thank you so much for the support  you’re providing. ♥    

This can be a vulnerable place to be, and it’s been encouraging and heartwarming to receive support for this song because it matters to me on a personal level. Thank you for letting me share Michael with you and for joining me in celebrating her.  ♥  

100 entries will move forward to Round 2- 50 based on public voting, and 50 based on internal judges’ choices.

Searchlight 2020 Voting Day 8

Day 8 of 10 for Round 1 Voting in #Searchlight2020.  I have received wonderful, kind support thus far and certainly appreciate it very much.  Here’s a photo of Michael’s first calf, Robin, with one of her troupe.  Check out the pose- does that look familiar? 🙂 Thank you for your time, interest, and support. Again, here’s the link to vote: https://ngx.me/3pBXGbi.h?ngxItemID=c4d114c4a09c978f8df89a57d06d6e35

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Searchlight2020 Voting Day 7

We’re one week in! Brush that snow off and keep voting daily for “Hey Girl”, if you will, please. Every vote counts in a big way and likes and shares do too! Thank you so much for your support! Here is the link: https://ngx.me/3pBXGbi.h?ngxItemID=c4d114c4a09c978f8df89a57d06d6e35

 

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Searchlight 2020 Voting Day 6

Just got back from Arnprior Public Library’s “Share the Stage” open mic, where I played “Hey Girl”, and a couple others.

Here’s the link to vote for “Hey Girl”, if you would, daily thru Feb. 13: https://ngx.me/3pBXGbi.h?ngxItemID=c4d114c4a09c978f8df89a57d06d6e35

Thank you again, for your support. I appreciate it. #Searchlight2020

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Searchlight 2020

I have entered the CBC’s #Searchlight2020 with an original song I wrote for Michael. I raised Michael after she lost her mother.

The song is lyrically simple but I think it’s strong and authentic.

Round 1 voting has just opened and runs to February 13th. After that, 100 entries will move forward to Round 2.  I’d greatly appreciate sharing and voting, if you would. Voting can be done daily, and, I think, is allowed on multiple devices.  Here is my link:

https://ngx.me/3pBXGbi.h?ngxItemID=c4d114c4a09c978f8df89a57d06d6e35

I’ll be posted related content daily, as a reminder to vote each day.  Thank you so much for your support!

 

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1969 Cossack Suit Interpretation

This video was shot about 3 weeks after my Dad passed on in 2016. I was feeling extremely rattled, as you can imagine, and especially unsafe in my body. I came to the conclusion, though, that now was the time to embrace this form, or go insane and drive myself out of it.  White Pine Festival had announced a costume contest with a 50s and 60s theme, and I squeaked in with Elvis’ 1969 black Cossack/Herringbone suit. I had just a week to put this together and so, while unfinished- because I insist on handsewing- there was, in my opinion, an adequate representation here.

Organizers told us to make ourselves “seen”, so I went to the circle on the ball diamond and, ironically, revisited a lesson my class got in Performing Arts the year before. We had a guest instructor one day who told us to claim a space, keep our eyes to ourselves, and “dance like no one’s watching.”  So there’s more of me in the dancing, but a little Elvis, too, maybe.  At least there’s a move in there I’ve considered elaborating on, though I’m now ten years older than Elvis was when he performed it in 1970, so… we’ll see. 🙂

In keeping with my wanting to embrace this form, I began to be quite interested again in costume design and also in broadening my horizons in terms of clothing choices- ie. wear dresses while you can.  Dresses on me is very new. Any such occasions in the past were extremely rare. I’m very keen on Edwardian style, lace, and drop waist 1920s, and interest seems to be bleeding into the 30s. I like the 70s, because I grew up in them, and it’s also my favorite “Elvis decade” because we get to see the whole person, to the degree that’s possible for us. His musical style became more expansive, his voice matured, his hair grew longer! He loved music and his work in the 70s made that very clear, indeed.

The Cossack Suit, and the ’68 leather jumpsuit before it were the precursors for Elvis’ 70s style. The outfits went from black to white largely because of the heat of the stage lights, and the way Elvis worked. Gatorade wasn’t enough. 🙂

Busker girl :)

The Arnprior Sunday Market‘s been going well for Musicalmagicalaurie. 🙂 The public’s been quite supportive. People seem to enjoy what I do and I make a fair bit more than minimum wage most days- very encouraging! One more Sunday left in the season- Sept. 24, 2017.  I’ve had a lot of fun with character and costume considerations for this project, indeed. Character’s me,  I think. 🙂 But I’ve been performing public domain traditional and folk songs so there’s definitely period vibe and I’ve had alot of fun thinking perhaps there’s some gypsy in the character. Like I was just passing through Arnprior and landed on this corner to stop and have a go at giving folks some tunes. Kind of like the girls selling flowers on the street back in the day, or something.  I love period works and this has been a make your own work project I’ve quite enjoyed. I don’t know if I’ll get to wear my Jones New York dress that I picked up at our local thrift store for 4 or 5 dollars, I think it was 4, don’t remember now. I’ve been weighing it in my mind. I think it could work- hello, flower selling girl found this in the Goodwill bin, how fortunate! 🙂 We’ll see- supposed to be pretty warm weather. I’ve taken some promo photos with the dress (pale lime green), anyway. 🙂 Some others with my various costume choices, too. Most of the clothing pieces, including the shoes (gifted), were gifted to me or thrift shop purchases. The brown gauchos were purchased new from Thailand, though- love them, as you may have noticed here, previously. 🙂

 

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A couple of weeks ago, after I played my first song- 2 fives! Got one before the song, and one after. 🙂 You can see the bottom of my “Camptown Races” dress.

 

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