Last night Terry Ropchan and my sister, Paula and myself sang for a nice crowd of about 50 people at the hospital.
I worried all weekend that I might have to cancel due to a wicked cold that took away my voice and left me with a nasty cough. But since our participation in this monthly concert/performance series had been booked for a month and recently confirmed I felt terrible about having to let folks down.
I did everything we singers know how to do from being quiet to drinking a ton of ‘throat coat’ . Last night I felt I might be able to get through the hour concert so I packed up our gear with Terry and away we went. Imagine my surprise to find out that Paula has the same cold!
We let the audience/patrons know about our situation ( they stayed back…ha ha) and we did our best to provide a nice sound for our set list. My voice somehow hung in there ( just a few high notes wanted to cut out) but no embarrassing coughing fit so I was happy.
The best part was that the folks ( patients, caregivers, relatives of the patients) seemed to truly enjoy the music and banter ….that’s what we volunteered for : to bring a bit of sunshine into an otherwise dark situation. It turned out to be a very warm reception and I am glad we were able to perform despite the colds. At least Terry was healthy! ( There was a lot of hand washing going on :)