Sunday, 30 October 2011

Let's not talk about the mountains

It's after 2 AM, which it is because we have returned to standard time as it is officially the end of summer (hah, that was ages ago). But thus I have gained an hour which comes to ones advantage when watching a film in the middle of the night. I watched Camille, with Greta Garbo, so I believe I am justified.

I am back in London and all settled in my new flat in Kingston upon Thames. Next week is study week, so there will be no lectures. Five weeks of university have gone by rather quickly, and unlike last year, I am actually starting to get some work done. I tend to get consumed with one thing, though, so I forgot to do my vocal exercises this week as I was doing research for my annotated bibliography. I'm researching women and sexism in popular music, mainly focusing on Madonna and her constant need to pretend she is still 20 years old.

Only a few days after my return to England I went to the Union Theatre to see The Baker's Wife in what was a very small production with a limited run. It featured the lovely Lisa Stokke, Norway's biggest musical star, in the leading role as Genevieve, and she played it beautifully. After the show I met her (and her friends from Norway) in the theatre cafe, and I talked to her for a while. I told her how much her courage means to me, and how inspiring she is, both as a performer and as a person. We have more in common than I ever could have guessed, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet her; three times, no less, as that is how many times I saw the show (however, I did bring Gabby to one of them and Stine to the last one). She knew my name and gave me a hug after the last performance, which made me feel incredibly special (as if I do not feel special enough on a daily basis, haha). She is a breath of fresh air - her smile is so big and so joyful you can't help but fall a little bit in love with her. She is so cool.

Oh, and guess what? I SAW IDINA MENZEL AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL AND I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. I loved it even though I was sick with a fever. Screw that shit, I had payed £70 for that ticket and I was going! I don't even have to tell you that it was amazing, because you all know it was. Seriously, that woman sang For Good a cappella with no microphone, and it was the most magical part of that concert. And she played with the Royal Philharmonic, for goodness sake! (I could flail about this to the end of time, but I really shouldn't.)

I also saw a Q&A show with Kerry Ellis a few weeks weeks ago, with my friend Patrick (who is obviously gay). It was fantastic, and Ms Ellis (or shall we say Mrs?) was so adorable when we met her after the show. She probably thought we were bizarre creatures, but who wouldn't think that? By the way, Margaret Cho has one of my LGBT pride bracelets, and she called it fierce and said she would never take it off. And then she hugged me, which I think I found so surreal that I didn't even know what was happening. She is definitely a funny woman (hilarious, in fact), but her honesty is my favourite thing about her. She is one of my biggest inspirations in life, especially after meeting her.

I have MANY fun things coming up in November, it's going to be an exciting month! Next week Gabby and I are seeing Jessie J at the Hammersmith Apollo, and on the 13th I'm taking my friend Shane to see Scott Alan (who he is totally in love with, let's not pretend otherwise). I shall also be going to my first classical concert, which is Sumi Jo singing Mozart at Cadogan Hall. It's definitely about time, as I am an aspiring opera singer.

London is full of fun times, and many visits to Starbucks with Gabby (and sometimes Patrick). Gabby and I even went to a gallery exhibition a while back at the National Portrait Gallery, called Glamour of the Gods, which was amazing, especially with Gabby next to me telling me all kinds of interesting facts about these classic movie stars and the lives they led. Gabby is like a walking library, I am not even joking.

Though there are fun times ahead, this week is going to be mainly about getting some work done. I want to finish my bibliography and start working on the new songs my singing teacher gave me at the end of my last lesson. There is also much work to be done on the Italian aria I am currently learning. I'm going to keep myself busy. As busy as I can, anyway. I really shouldn't get ahead of myself, because sometimes it slaps back into my face. If I push myself more than I can handle, I'll end up like I did this Monday - in bed with no energy to do anything. While I AM actually getting better, I still have a long way to go before I can climb a mountain.

A Norwegian girl in London