Well, as a foreigner in China, I guess I'm always "out there" in a way. Whether I want them to or not, people tend to notice me no matter if I'm wearing my wackiest outfit or just trying to buy some groceries in my sweatpants. Just kidding, I never wear sweat pants. But you get the gist. 

So I surprised even myself when I agreed to go on stage and literally take the spot light, intentionally putting myself under the scrutiny of a room full of Chinese people. And I had to do more than buy a bottled water. I sang. With my guitar! I am absolutely NOT a guitar player and never dreamed I would perform accompanying myself on one, but hey. Since when is life predictable? 
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Let's be honest. The main reason I was asked to do this was not because I proved myself a rock goddess on the guitar. It's because I'm a foreigner. I was at a casual English Corner at a local pub/cafe and there was a guitar floating around, so with my two beer confidence, I allowed myself to be pressured into playing a song. A few of the University students attending the English Corner were organizing a kind of End of Year Variety Show and as good as told me the students would get a kick out of seeing a foreigner onstage at their event. 
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So then there I found myself on December 22nd, in my holiday inspired outfit (that I wished I had gotten a better picture of), about to go onstage and perform my mediocre songs after a really surprsingly professional tight-knit, impressive show. It went okay! I did mess up one tiny time, and my friends in the audience (whom I must credit the photos to) said when I spoke I had on my "kindergarten teacher" voice. But I'm just happy I did it!  It made the true challenge to come later that week seem not so horrible: On Friday, I had to prepare 3 special lessons that the parents of my kindergartners and preschoolers would observe. That's a tale of nausea for a whole 'nother nightmare. 
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Let's just say it ended in icing covered faces and overall good cheer.
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Comments

01/04/2011 04:48:44

you really did a good job that night,we're proud of you!

 

01/10/2011 18:02:03

Thanks Melon :~)

 



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