Wednesday, March 2, 2016

26 weeks: Sound Check, Mic 1...Mic 2

It has been a week of shocks and firsts.

6 months ago I looked like this in my finale dress...needless to
say my bump and I weren't squeezing into that.
Drama Mama where's the drama? Yay! I've got a gig. The cast of Memphis has been revived for a day as part of a month long series the National Black Arts Festival is producing for all of February's Atlanta Hawks half time shows. In celebration of Black History Month we were the final installment in the series celebrating African -American's contributions to the arts. We represented theater, and we were asked to sing the finale from Memphis: Steal Your Rock and Roll. 

Blue Dress: Betsy and Adam, Shoes: Coach
These are not maternity dresses but the fabric and style
really worked. 
The Shock: OMG, cover the mirror! shopping while pregnant is dangerous. Why didn't someone warn me? Truly, I should have taken a mild sedative before I went into the dressing room and stripped down in front of a triple angled mirror and very revealing lights. I really want to be one of those women embracing all *ass*pects of my pregnancy curves, my belly skin taut, beautiful and slathered with stretch mark cream. You know, for a split second I thought about snapping a pic in my bra and undies and posting it on one of those Instagram pages #sexypregnantbelly, #sexybump...whatever. But upon closer examination of my off centered linea negra (that line down the middle of your stomach), my swollen boobies with the delightfully green bulging veins and my weird egg-shaped bump and I came to my senses. Let me just say things felt a little more rounded, cute and put together during my first pregnancy.

I ended up choosing the blue dress. Thank goodness it worked because after 20 minutes of changing clothes I was sweating and ready for lunch. Shopping while pregnant is hard work....what am I saying? Everything while pregnant is hard work.

The Firsts: sound checking at Phillips Arena. It was so good to catch up with the cast of Memphis after 6 months. The Phillips Arena staff was also amazing. It was a little nerve wracking learning how to perform by relying on an in-ear monitor to feed me the track and not my own ears. There is a 1.5 second delay in the arena and if I listened to what was coming out of the house speakers I would be behind and in big trouble. With both ears plugged, and only focusing on the music in your ear it feels a lot like you are trying to sing opera underwater and ignore a rock concert that is playing above the water...or pat your head and rub your belly at the same time.

How Are You Feeling? I also had another dizzy headache episode. Mamas pregnant or not often forget to (don't have the chance to) eat sensibly, but it's so important to eat a little something every few hours. Guess who forgot to pack a snack for rehearsal? I was also in in those gorgeous Coach suede platforms (see dressing room pic above) and trying to sing and move the way I had last summer....yeaaahhhhhh, no! I thought I was going to die when the staff suggested we run the number a 3rd time. So I bought myself another afternoon on the couch, re-hydrating and feeding myself, and clutching a bottle of Tylenol. Lesson learned! I will be traveling with nuts, dried fruit, cheese sticks and any other snack that I can quickly eat on the go from now on.

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