Knowing that I won the 2011 Rehoboth Idol contest and that I've been a performer in the LEGENDS shows for the last 4 summers, the emcee invited me to be a part of the Showcase. I asked if there was a theme I should keep in mind when selecting songs, but I was told no. This was my opportunity to sing what I wanted. While this may not sound like a big deal, keep in mind that the LEGENDS show is a celebrity tribute show, so I am not performing as myself; I'm impersonating iconic musical legends.
In costumes. And sometimes in wigs, hats, and wacky rhinestone glasses.
So I was really excited for this opportunity to pick 3 songs that I love, that mean something to me, and that a part of my musical development over the years. And sing in my own clothes. So this is what I sang:
- When Will I Be Loved - originally performed by Linda Ronstadt
- One Less Bell to Answer - originally performed by the Fifth Dimension
- I Love the Nightlife - originally performed by Alicia Bridges
I've always loved Linda Ronstadt's music, and I have a childhood memory of writing her a letter when I was like 10 or 11, informing her that I had learned all the harmony parts to all the songs on her recent album, and that if 1 of her background singers were to get sick or leave, I would be fully prepared to step in. Yeah, I was a confident kid. Linda's technical talent, song choices, and abundant harmonies have always been favorites of mine.
Again, the harmonies sung by the Fifth Dimension attracted me. I have a childhood memory of playing with Matchbox cars while my mom ironed clothes in the laundry room with the Fifth Dimension playing in the background. I'm a sucker for torch songs and One Less Bell is about as torchy as they get. When Spouse & I were removing the wallpaper from the dining room in our 1st house together in 1996 I remember the Fifth Dimension CD playing over and over again while we worked.
I was 14 when I Love the Nightlife hit the disco charts and I especially liked the stylized way Alicia emphasized the word 'action' which sounded like 'ack-Shawn'. It was a part of the film and soundtrack for "Priscilla: Queen of the Dessert" in 1994. I picked it because its fun and upbeat, and everyone knows it so they will often sing along.
It was a great night!