Friday, 12 December 2008

The Girl Done Good

K did her first public performance the other night, at a local 'Open Mike' night.

It wasn't a full house, but it was still a major hurdle to cross. Knowing my aversion to public speaking, I was well impressed by how well she did.

She kicked off with 'Autumn Leaves'. Then reprieved with her own song, 'Devil in Your Hair'.

For a quiet house there was tons of applause, so she did Audioslave's 'Like a Stone' as an encore. That went down a storm, so she sat down but was dragged up again, to sing 'Billie Jean' with another guitarist (whom she'd never played with) doing backing guitar. Then the Beatles' 'Across the Universe' with the same guy. Finally, still not off the hook, she was called back to close the evening with 'I'm Going to Haunt You'.

She did really well and enjoyed herself a lot; professional as a cucumber, no one could believe it was her first gig, and she was implored to go to a bigger open mike night in Maidstone, and to another in a working men's club on the Isle of Sheppey.

I don't know where she got that kind of courage from (but it wasn't me). Proud parents we may be, but watch this space!


  1. Sounds great! Tell us in advance next time, and I might even turn up to watch!
    Isn't it just lovely when your kids make you proud?

  2. Oh I'm so pleased for you both and obviously for her. I don't have kids and am quite an emotional person so I can just imagine the floods of tears I would have been in if it had been my daughter up on that stage.

    I can feel your pride from over the sea and it's lovely.

  3. Wish I could have been there -sounds like she played a blinder. Hearty congrats to all - the star and her proud parents.

  4. Awesome stuff a star in the making and we heard it hear first.

  5. Wow! That sounds brilliant, so brave to put herself out there. So glad we're in on the groundfloor with this rising star!!

  6. Fantastic. It takes real courage to do that sort of thing; I'm always in complete admiration of those, like K, who do it. Record contract?

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  8. Hi! You found me then! K looks great on the stage-a natural!

  9. Fantastic news! Well done, you obviously very proud and so you should be. (That sniggering you can hear is me laughing as my word verification for today is "funkipoo" - I think I'll use that in as many conversations as I can today!!)

  10. Thanks guys - that round of e-pplause (indulge me; I'm rather proud of that one) is much appreciated.

    Justme, I will, when she lets me tell people!

    Fancy, it was a bit of a lump-in-the-throat moment, but I manage to hold back the tears and sup beer manfully.

    Steve, you're down for a complimentary copy of her first commercial release....

    BW, here's hoping!

    Daisy, it is brave, I think. I'd rather stuff my head in a bucket (but then, if I tried to sing everyone else would already have done that).

    Dotterel, I think that might be some time away!

    Comment Deleted; no thanks, go and advertise your tacky money-raising ads somewhere else.

    Sarah, I did, at last! It's lovely, and I'm looking forward to trawling the back numbers.

    Amanda, 'funkipoo' rocks!

  11. Oh Wow, she is brave. And yes, you must have been so proud. I would probably have been blubbing.

    I have always wished I could sing. But I can't. So I don't. Or only in the car when no-one is listening.

  12. That's wonderful -- and what a great song list!

  13. Couldn't help bragging a bit about 'little sis' great performance on my own blog. Thanks for the comments from you and K. Perhaps that 'red hair' genes have a lot more in store than low pain tolerances and a few freckles?

  14. Great news - I'm really happy for her. Looks like a nice venue too.