As some regular readers of this website will know, your humble webmaster is also a professional singer. Over the years I have had so many people come up to me after a performance to ask why I am not famous? Those words, meant as a huge compliment, can be bitter sometimes. Why indeed.
The last person to say that to me was just 2 weekends ago as I sang at Wild Wing here in Wasaga Beach. I always try to answer without sounding defeated because no matter how old one becomes, the hope that you might become the next Susan Boyle never fades. Of course the chances of that are less than winning a lottery. My husband, who was the bass player in an 80's rock band with several albums to their credit, was lucky enough to get a little closer to the brass ring than I. He toured England, the US and throughout Canada as the supporting act for such names as Ozzy Osborne, Ratt, Golden Earring, and many more. That and 50 cents will get you kicked out of Tim Horton's.
There was a movie which won some independent movie awards and critical acclaim a couple of years ago called "Anvil! The story of Anvil." Anvil is a band from Toronto who gained some fame in the very early 80's with their first album Metal On Metal. They inspired many of the metal bands who followed including Metallica. The story shows how Anvil, still trying after 30 years to be recognized, is treated on a tour overseas. The boys in the band have had to bite the bullet and get day jobs. Their long suffering wives are still hopeful that someday things will work out. This is the reality for most performers. The movie mirrors the experiences of so many of us. Although in my case, I never even had the pleasure of being signed to an album deal. I did not get close to that brass ring like Anvil, or like my husband's band. Still, there's always hope. There's Susan Boyle.
On Wednesday, September 28, I will dispense with common sense and once again partake of the masochism called auditioning. I have an appointment to audition at the Rogers Centre in Toronto along with probably thousands of other hopefuls vying for a spot on the Canada's Got Talent TV show. Of course I'm realistic. My chances are slim to none but heck, nobody can call me a quitter. Wish me luck!
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