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On Friday at the con, I spent a bit of time with pondside and shaddyr, and loved reading Mary Bertke's flattering bio of me in the program book.  I have to see if I can get a copy of Beckett Gladney's photo of me; it looks fabulous.

Friday evening was very enjoyable watching and performing in concerts before mine, (Dr. Mary Crowell!) but nerve-wracking in that I was really, really worried about my concert.  I'd been practicing, but singing?  Eeep!  I'd sortof planned on having a half-hour concert, and being told I had an hour, hour and ten minute concert made me freak out, because my idea of my ten or fifteen minutes of singing and playing, ten minutes of  signing acepella and signing was out the window with another half an hour to fill.

But - brilliant idea!  Many of my favorite performers were present at the con, and I pounced them, and asked them to perform one of my favorite songs as part of my concert.  That way, I'd sing a little, and end up with awesome songs to sign, and have a rocking concert!  Everyone I asked graciously said yes to me.  I was most especially excited that Leslie Fish was willing to sing one of her songs, because she's one of my first filk heroes, but I don't know her personally, so I was very nervous to even ask her.

My set list:

Me, myself and I:

"The Trouble With Tribbles"
"If the Cookie's in Two Pieces" (and people sang along!)
"Spaceman, Spaceman"
"Circle Farewell"
and my Pergolesi  guitar piece, "Que Ne Suis-je La Fougere" to which I'd written Pern lyrics "If I Were a Dragonrider"

The performers, with me signing:

Lynn Gold "Grandma's Training Bra," which started things off with a fine bit of humor.  Lynn also was responsible for loaning me a classical guitar to play during my concert, for which I was quite grateful.

Leslie Fish "The Pict Song," which is Kipling, set to her music.  As a lover of English literature, this song really gave extra depth to my passion for Kipling, and I was thrilled Leslie played it for me!

vixy and Tony "Strange Messenger," a song that really hits hard about the loss of languages.  Since American Sign Language is becoming rarer with the advent of the cochlear implant, this song has some extra resonance for me when I sign it.

Seanan, vixy and Tony "My Laugh is an Evil Laugh," which I signed as if I was a T-Rex, with my elbows in my ribcage, just for fun.  HA, HA, HA, DIE!!

Brooke, vixy and Tony (and maybe Seanan too, who was responsible for the source material anyway, and by the way, I HIGHLY recommend both books in her series) "Rosemary and Rue."  Just for the pretty.  And the pretty was well-enhanced by the lovely and talented Amy McNally playing violin, too.

Kristoph Klover and Margaret Davis, "Black Davey's Ride," for the RRRRRR! factor.

During the concert,  I was checking in with Steve MacDonald for doing a song, and in doing so found out I'd only *thought* I'd asked him to sing, not actually asked him.  He amazingly and graciously agreed to come on up and perform one of my favourite Tallis Kimberly songs "Jack in the Green," on that moment's notice.  Props up!

Alexander James Adams, "Beltane Fire," which really made me feel like I was a bit on fire myself!

Closing the set, Juliana McCorison, who has been so very supportive of me to get up and sing as well as sign, and helped me step up my performance skills in the past couple of years played her version of  Daniel Glasser's "Close Your Eyes," the filk song played on You Tube for the 2006 Pegasus awards that made so many people aware of my signing in this genre.  I think that it is this song that most people associate with me, and it has a special place in my heart because in 2006 I won the Pegasus for performing.

I stayed up late at the filk circle, and went to sleep blissfully happy.




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Mar. 9th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I had so much fun at that Con!
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Wonderful concert! I laughed, cried and got excited.
Thank you Judi! You really do bring the sunshine into CA :)
Mar. 10th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I really wish I could have been there. I've wanted to go back ever since I was an Interfilk guest. It may be the second best Filkcon ever. Sounds like you are having a good time already, can't wait to read the rest of your report!
Mar. 10th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Oh, that would have been stunning! Sounds wonderful, hon.
Mar. 10th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Hot Stuff
Alexander James Adams, "Beltane Fire," which really made me feel like I was a bit on fire myself!

Watching you sign that - you were SMOKIN'! (grin)
Mar. 10th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for a fantastic concert. And for being the hardest-working toastmaster ever!
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
It was wonderful seeing you at the con and getting to know you better as a person.
And your singing and signing were awesome. Happy Dance just remembering you.
Mar. 13th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
I hope you can somehow come back next year (please?). You were amazing.
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