We did two quick run-throughs on Saturday afternoon at the Topfer Theatre. I wore the gown, I wore the shoes, but my hair was a mess in a clip and I barely had on any makeup. It was the first time I had the pleasure of entering a stage from underneath it; quite exciting, quite nerve-racking because the shoes made me uncomfortable. I'm not one to be anxious nor nervous before a performance, but for some reason those damn shoes kept giving me nightmares of being flat on my face or my butt depending on my previous movement mid-song. I could imagine the massive embarrassment which I would then turn into a Bette Midler/Ginger Leigh moment of laugh-at-self and all would be hilarious. Does anyone remember the time at the Saxon Pub in Austin at a show I put together with Patrice Pike, Trish Murphy, and Irene Mastrangeli from Italia? At the very end of the show and the very end of Charge Laughing, the heel of my boot caught the rail on the stool and I went, along with my guitar, crashing face-forward toward the stage floor. A cocktail went up and then spilled everywhere and the stool lifted a few feet off the ground. I didn't quite make it to the ground. I caught myself first, saving the guitar and managed to play the last chord somehow. Pretty funny. I still remember how much we all laughed together, each member of the audience, each lady on the stage, laughing "together with" me. ;) I digress.
What do my nephew, my birthday and Formula One™ have in common? Not much! But I thought I'd throw them all together in one message to you, my friend! My Nephew, Colter: https://www.gofundme.com/colterstemcell I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your contributions, no matter how big or small! My brother has the opportunity to help this precious boy with a very successful stem cell treatment. We are asking for your contributions to help them make this happen. We've raised almost $7000! The goal is $22,000, so we are inching there, little by little, by the giving hearts of friends, family, fans and strangers. https://www.gofundme.com/colterstemcell And consider it my birthday present! https://holdmyticket.com/tickets/260044 My actual birthday is November 1st! Yes, my mother went into labor on Halloween and I came out to see my aunts in costume and thought "THIS IS GOING TO BE FUUUUUUUN!" And it is! Life is great, often challenging, but I'm so thankful for all that I have, am and will be. Your support of my career has been a major blessing to me. So thank you! If you are in Austin, we will celebrate on November 4th at the One 2 One Bar at 8pm.1509 S. Lamar 78704 GONNA BE SPECIAL! And in Houston, we will celebrate a bit late: November 11th at Anderson Fair! Also a special treat! Lastly, some of you know that I spend a lot of my year preparing for a huge high end event I produce for the Formula One™ race weekend in Austin! This weekend (Oct 21 and 22) will be our 5th year of fabulous and we are benefiting the http://www.bcrc.org! If you would like to join us for this fancy affair, please use my special discount code for 20% off! Ginger20 http://WWW.BLUPARTYATX.COM (No, I am not performing. I'm producing and hosting.) PHEWWWWY! That was a lot to get out! What a life! LOVE IT! XO GL