By Way of Introduction
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MCatherine
July 2011
Contributor
Written by
MCatherine
July 2011

It's possible I may use this blog to voice frustration; admit failure; ask for input and ultimately FIGURE SOMETHING OUT!

Notice I do not use the word 'hope' in the above stated because it has been pointed out to me by someone for whom I hold high regard that, "Hope is NOT a strategy my dear!" Nevertheless, you will see that 'hope' is again mentioned at the end of the post.

FYI:

Shakespeare and I have something in common...making up words to suit our purpose. So prepare to be peppered with vocabulary you may have NEVER seen or heard but will understand.

The difference between a performing artist and boutique business entrepreneur

Unlike many performing artists I have known who describe enjoying live performance about as much as "holding aluminum foil between the teeth while sticking a wet finger in a light bulb socket then flipping the switch", I absolutely basked in the glow of the entire experience.

As a concert performer, I enjoyed the thrill of communicating through music and relished every moment in front of the audience looking into the eyes of the folks in the front row or smiling up at people in the balcony as if I was performing for the recently wed Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge!

I was really, really good at being confident in my skill and talent when it came to concert performance having sung for ten years with Symphony Orchestras across the US in addition to a short recording career with Polydor Records and then there was the fifteen years or so that I spent as a coffeehouse, college, lounge, bar lizard singer too. 

However,  I find myself 'shying' up a bit and dragging my feet when it comes to customer sales confidence for HAH.

I know being an entreprenuer has it's ebbs and flows, but OMGosh! I actually suffer WITHDRAWL when a week passes with narry a sales inquiry!!! 'Course you could point out to me that as the only HAH 'Sales Force' member I should expect to get out and make something happen, but I find the experience similar to rubbing two rocks together to create enough heat to fry bacon!

Why? I don't know why. I LOVE HAH! I BELIEVE in HAH! I KNOW HAH puts love back into the world and everyone knows the world can always use more positive! So, me suffering a lack of confidence, is to my mind, HAHdiculous!

Lyric Strategy

I need a large does of HAHfidence and I need it TODAY! I have always derived a certain amount of hope, found a fair bit of encouragement and gained perspective from music lyric. So to that end, I'm picking myself up; dusting myself off and starting all over again!

PICK YOURSELF UP
From the Film: Swing Time  1936
(Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields / Music by: Jerome Kern)
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

(He)
Please teacher, teach me something,
Nice teacher, teach me something.
I'm as awkward as a camel, that's not the worst,
My two feet haven't met yet,
But I'll be teacher's pet yet,
'Cause I'm gonna learn to dance or burst.

(She)
Nothing's impossible I have found,
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off,
Start All over again.

Don't lose your confidence if you slip,
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

Work like a soul inspired,
Till the battle of the day is won.
You may be sick and tired,
But you'll be a man, my son!

Will you remember the famous men,
Who had to fall to rise again?
So take a deep breath,
Pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

(He)
I'll get some self assurance
If your endurance is great.
I'll learn by easy stages
If you're courageous and wait.

To feel the strength I want to,
I must hang on to your hand,
Maybe by the time I'm fifty
I'll get up and do a nifty.

(Both)
Nothing's impossible I have found,
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off,
Start all over again.

Don't lose your confidence if you slip,
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

Work like a soul inspired,
Till the battle of the day is won.
You may be sick and tired,
But you'll be a man, my son!

Will you remember the famous men,
Who had to fall to rise again?
So take a deep breath,
Pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

 

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