Sunday, February 18, 2007

South Coast Idol

So okay, I went. I traveled to Croydon and stood in line waiting for my 30 seconds in front of the judges, but I blew it.

I'd decided to sing Elvis Costello's "Couldn't You Keep That To Yourself?" but instead, I'd been practicing Alice Cooper's "No Man's Land". I know that was stupid, but I thought I'd got the Elvis down pat (which in point of fact, I had).

South Coast Idol auditions singers in groups of five, so the five of you go in together, each take a turn in front of the Judges then go out together. Unfortunately, I was the first of our five and stood on the X.

"What are you going to sing for us"? said the judge.
"I'm going to sing 'Couldn't You Keep That To Yourself?' by Elvis Costello".

The head judge nodded, but I could feel "I got a job in Atlanta..." on my tongue instead of "The tiny slip of midnight".

"Well I will in a minute", I said
"Breathe", she said.

Then there was a longish pause as I tried to shift to the right song...

"The 'Tiny Slip' at Midnight
The little sip at Noon
You're tied and torn
Approaching dawn,
My penitent buffoon.

"Wouldn't you think I'd know by now?
I shouldn't have entertained it
Couldn't you keep that to yourself?

"You cry for my forgiveness..."

"Thank you".

And then there was Ebony, singing an R&B song I didn't recognise, Nicola singing "Cry Me A River" (appallingly badly), Marsha singing a soul song that again I didn't recognise and David, singing "Omaha" by Counting Crows. For about five seconds, I thought I had a chance against the competition, but it was not to be. None of us got through.

With hindsight, I recognise that I was 10-15 years older than the oldest of my competition, and long hair, grey beard and beer belly didn't help much. (I was also a good foot taller than everybody in the queue apart from David). Perhaps if I'd started exercising in December when I applied, and if I'd shaved my face and gotten a crewcut the day before, I might have looked younger (I do look about 15 years younger when I shave) and maybe got through.

I wasn't really disappointed to not get through but the problem is, I was using this as a way to stave off the depression into which I was (and am) falling, so now I have to find another distraction.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Other Places

Well, it's been a while since I've posted on here, I bet you're all wondering where else I may be. Well, you may be pleased to know that, although I'm no nearer to finishing my book and realising my hope to move to Dublin, I'm not completely inactive.

On 17 February, in Croydon, I have an audition for "South Coast Idol"... a sort of X-factor for radio, where it's voices that are important, run by "Live and Unsigned".

I've also been posting here... here and here

On top of that, there was work. Then designing two separate Steampunk roleplaying campaigns (One a multiple world in which lots of 19th century (-ish) characters travel through a cabalistic universe - the other set on Wizards of the Coast's "Forgotten Realms" but 400 years later.)