||[Nov. 5th, 2007|01:43 pm]
Saturday night was SOOOO much fun!
I received a call from ladyraven13 in mid October asking me if I could perform at the Dark Cabaret. I had already been planning to attend, as any chance to see Jill Tracy perform is a chance I don't pass up lightly! I agreed to the show, even though I would not be paid. I was a late addition and the budget had already been blown on getting Jill and Paul Mercer to Portland. All I could get was free admission for me and bloomerwedgies and a few drink tickets. However, it sounded like a lot of fun, not to mention a good chance to get to talk with Jill and to meet Paul. I had been planning to perform to "The Weeping Song" by Nick Cave. However, on Friday night, I received a call from Jeremy, the event organizer, asking if I could perform with Paul. I informed him that I could perform to any music and that it would be fun to perform with a live musician. I wasn't sure how many times he wanted me on stage, so I practiced to "The Weeping Song" anyway. Just in case. ^_^
Well, when I arrived at the Fez on Saturday, Paul and Jill were on stage preparing. Introductions were made and I discovered that they were BOTH going to be playing for me and that I'd be performing twice in the set! Hurray! So, goodbye Nick Cave. Heehee. We worked on some ideas for how to put the performance together. Jill and Paul were amazing together. They are both such superb artists! We tried out a few different songs and ideas to see what would work best with my juggling style. We decided that, for my first song, I would perform with both Jill and Paul. My second performance would be just Paul and me. This was because it was a piece that Paul had a hard time performing with another musician. He had a lot of impromptu key changes and such, which made it a poor candidate for an improvised collaboration. It worked out well, though, since it was the kickoff for a solo portion of his act.
Both of my performances were great fun. Usually, I perform to a recorded piece of music and improvise my routine to match the tempo, mood, and melody of the music. In this performance, though, the music was effected my my actions as much as I was affected by the music! We played back and forth with each other and as the music changed to match my actions, I would be led, by the same music, into the next portion of my act. It was a marvelous, energetic, and inspiring way to perform! I am SO glad that I agreed to do the show!
Jill, Paul, and I all agreed to keep in contact and that we would all love to perform together again. All three of us had a great time! I know Paul is going to be back for the Portland Vampires Masquerade Ball this year and we are already planning to do a collaboration there. There is a chance that Jill may be there, as well! If so, I am very hopefull that we can all do another performance together.
Aside from the performances that we did together, both Paul and Jill were fantastic. I was blown away by how well they played together. They had first performed together just one week ago! When I was talking to Jill, she stated that she was amazed by it as well. "It's amazing, isn't it? Paul is like the brother I never had." (I hope I got that quote right. It's pretty close, at any rate.)
This was also the first time I have really performed since I started seeing bloomerwedgies. It was great to have her there with me. She looked fabulous and we had a great time together. At least, for the time I got to spend with her when I wasn't prepping back stage. She also manned the camera for the night. She isn't familiar with how to work the controls, but she got some neat shots! It was REALLY dark in the club, so most of them will need a few adjustments before they are viewable. But here is a flash picture of Jill, Paul, and I. This was right before we figured out which of us was the top performer of the night.