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because i'm so freaking behind on my email, and to get in the spirit of the holiday season, i present to you:

aubrey singing "Jingle Bell Rock" for charity!

for those of you that weren't on my friends list for 2002, or that may have missed other ramblings about it, the place i was a travel agent for in phoenix held auditions for a Christmas charity album. my coworkers and i recorded the album in june/july of 2002. now, i had just joined my first band at the time, The Vacant Stairs, (i sang and played guitar, stacebass played bass and trumpet, norsican played guitar, and scrumbles played accordion and other things.) and had taken part in many o karaoke contests, and had performed at several Christmas parties at work. i was mostly confident in my singing ability, though nerve-wrackingly nervous whenever i sang in front of someone for the first time.

in case i haven't told you the story 298374928 times already, the whole thing was massively nerve-wracking. the auditions were held in the president's board room, with the record producer, vice president, and another high-head-honcho sitting at the other end of the table, staring blankly at you and taking notes. the lights were bright in the board room, and as you sang, you knew that anyone waiting in the adjoining room (and the receptionist for the company) could hear you belting out your song. it was all a very surreal experience. i auditioned with "O Holy Night", which they ended up giving to someone else (after hearing HER sing it, i totally understood, but sheesh, she was cocky about it, saying she was just singing 'some song', when i had wanted to sing a song that to me was very emotional, that meant something to me, i guess.)

they called me back and said "yay, we want you! but um... would you mind terribly possibly maybe perhaps singing a different song? like jingle bell rock or little drummer boy?"

after they decided that the first one was what they really wanted on the album more, we came back to record, in the same presidential board room, in front of the same people, plus an extra guy that was working the sound. they had me sing through it twice, said they would pick the best out of the two, and sent me on my way.

a couple of months later, they called us all back to hear the final cd. this was horribly embarassing as well, as the 9 or so of us (and the same presidential people) sat around the big board table with a cd player, playing each of the songs in turn, and commenting on each of them. i was track five. i wanted to fall into a hole until it was done, having all of those people staring at me, grinning, as they heard my shaky nervous voice semi-belting out a song i had barely learned before hand. they all hooted and hollerd when they heard my voice turn sultry at the 'gliding on a one-uh-horse sleigh' portion.

we all came in to pose for a group picture for the sleeve of the cd. i remember hating so much of what went on during the recording process, as every single other person involved in the project was in this particular clique... i had been part of the clique for awhile, until i had gone through part of my MASSIVE depression that almost took my life. the ring leader, angela, ended up having to take up some of my slack at work, and suddenly, i was out of the clique. so a lot of the situation surrounding the Christmas cd was myself and a giant group of people that i felt hated me. it was high school all over again, it was.

so they sold the cds for the holidays. fast-forward to the company Christmas party. everyone that had performed on the cd was requested to perform their song for everyone. this was during a time where i hadn't drank a drop of alcohol in a long while, so there was no softening around the edges for my performance. i got up in my periwinkle dress in the brightest lights evar.... and promptly forgot the words. i made it fine through the first verse, but started repeating the first verse for the second verse, realized what i was doing, then stopped singing and grinned weakly at the audience i couldn't see through the bright lights, doing a ridiculous little dance that involved... well, it was very brady bunchy. (it was doo-woppy, though otherwise very similar to the ho-down that ashley simpson did when busted for lip synching on snl.) after getting off of the stage, i discovered that i had an odd.. stain.. on my dress, right over the crotch area, in the size of a canteloupe. yeeeesssh.

i WAS going to go upstairs to grab the cd and scan in the group picture of us. however, i know that some of yous get pissy about posting other people's pictures without their permission, for one (not necessarily YOU, but i've seen in other forums people get angry "OH MY GAW, DID YOU GET THEIR PERMISSION?!?"), and for another... hell, it's ALL. THE WAY. UPSTAIRS.


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Dec. 2nd, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
ooooh, you sound so adorably awesome! Officially the only Christmas song I'm willing to have saved on my computer. :-)

And I hate when people get all uppity about posting someone else's picture - if you have it in your possesion via any method other than burglarizing their home, you have the right to show it as much as you want. If you saved it without knowledge/stole it then maybe, but christ, how often do people really do that?
Nov. 2nd, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
i haven't had that done in a really long time, thankfully, so maybe all of those overreactive people have finally left my friends list. i'm going through a phase now that i don't really give a crap who i offend in my journal. it's my journal, right? though i do go through times where i'm super uber tip toey, too.
Dec. 2nd, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
AHAH I've been known to freak out if it's a particularly bad picture of me (I'm not photogenic at all)..but I don't really chew out the friend, I just try not to go to my friends journal..and every time I slip up, I see the pic I cry.

I wish I were kidding but I absolutely HATE photos of myself, bad photos are nothing short of traumatic. Ergh. I feel dumb in saying that.

One time a bud posted a terrible pic of me and another friend saw it and was laughing saying "HAHHAHA You looked awful in that photo!" eheheh I remember laughing with them then logging off and crying AHAHAHAH So dumb. But I get way over-emotional with my hangups.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
awwwwwwwwwwwwwww. because i put on so much weight this last year, i almost never even let cameras around me anymore, i totally understand. i'm sorry that people are so freaking insensitive.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
yeah with my face having a bit of a (ok a major) breakout, I haven't had any photos taken for most of the year.

Actually the older I"m getting, I'm being more up front and honest when people hurt me and I always say "I know you might see this as sensitive but.." and then I explain why..normally they feel the same way too about themselves and they realize how it can make another person feel and they are more sensitive to me. I'm glad that as I"m getting older, I'm getting more forthcoming without just going into fits.
Dec. 2nd, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
Added comment
someone's eating emo-chips today and I think it's meeeee!!!!
Nov. 2nd, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
Re: Added comment
better than bully pudding!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought "adorable" when I heard it. :-)
Nov. 2nd, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
and now that i found this post again, i've reposted it for this year. i'm not QUITE as self conscious about singing in front of others now - my ear training class has helped a bit with that, though i still freak out some times.
Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
Boy you post a lot when you're home sick from work. :-P I'm home sick from work too, and BORED SHITLESS. *sigh*
Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
Yay! I forgot about that CD. Will have to play it at my party next weekend!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
bravo! bravo! encore!!!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
*applauds* Very nice. You have a great voice.
Dec. 3rd, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)

Dec. 4th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing... You rock.. :)
Dec. 4th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
ha ha, thanks! not NEARLY as much as YOU rock, though! sticking with me all these years. sheesh ;)

hopefully, i'll have something newish for you to listen to soonish. not necessarily MINE, but yanno...
Dec. 16th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
dammit dammit dammit, I waited too long again!!!!!! Please re-yousendit and comment it to me?? peeeeeease? *kitten eyes*

Great story btw. I love how you tell stories, you're a natural-born storyteller.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
if you don't get back online before it expires again, let me know, hun. much love to you and hope you return soon!
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