Shave And A Haircut… And Some Songs

Trust me, a shave and a haircut sure as heck ain’t two bits anymore.

Also, phew! After a really really bad fall-behind on the blog I’m again caught up. That’s two bad failures in close proximity. Yuk. Maybe I just need to post more meaningless posts to fill up the days I can’t think of anything to talk about. …but that’d be just silly. I would never do something like that.

Ahem. Moving along. After two years of not going clean-shaven and two years of no haircut, I’ve finally done both. My haircut this time is significantly shorter than I’ve maybe ever had it, too. Partly because I cut my ponytail off on my own, and I may have cut it just a smidge too close to my head. Oh, well. I have about 12 inches of hair to donate to people that need it more than me, so that’s good. It’s nice to do what you can when you can. And my haircut doesn’t look nearly as awful as I thought it did yesterday. We’ll have to see if that’s a constant thing or not.

Anyway, I ended up going to Sports Clips. Poor girl… First, she seemed a bit like a beginner in the haircut business. Which is no good with me. Not saying I can’t handle a beginner… just saying that I have no idea what I’m talking about with hair styles. And I don’t go for the standard men’s cuts. I like a part in the front, parted on the right, and tapered in the back. But there are technical words I don’t actually know how to convey. All in all, it took three different women to give advice to my hairdresser, one of whom actually did some cutting herself. Didn’t help that I changed where the part was on her, too. It’s been a while since I’ve had anything that wasn’t really long and automatically parted in the middle.

But, eventually, I got the hair cut, and since I wear a hat all the time, I can hide it even on days it looks horrendous. And, since it was my first visit there, I got a free shampoo in a massage chair, free shoulder massage and free hot towel during the shampoo. …Honestly, I’ll never understand the purpose of a hot towel on one’s face. It was a bit odd. Slightly uncomfortable at first, then just… odd. And weird once it was gone. But, yeah. All that for $18. I tipped $7 because I felt bad about how terrible a customer I was, not knowing what to say. I also came in with rather ridiculous hair, so that likely didn’t help. Still, it worked out in the end. I think. Mom will likely be happy.

Can you believe there was a time when a shave and a haircut was two bits? That’s $0.25, by the way. …can you believe there was a time when we split quarters in half?

Oh, the songs part. I’ve made progress on my recital, insofar as I have a wonderful friend acting as my music director. He has lots of music, and I came to him with a truncated list, severely so from my original choices, of songs I’d like to sing. I told him the few that most definitely had to happen (three duets with men and two solos) and he gave me a list of songs and rough order in which I might sing them. (I’ll even link you to past posts I’ve made about some of the songs!)

“On The Street Where You Live” – “My Fair Lady”
“Falling Slowly” – “Once”
“Why, God, Why?” – “Miss Saigon”
“If I Can’t Love Her” – “Beauty and the Beast”
“Man in the Mirror” – “A Man of No Importance”
“I Am What I Am” – “La Cage Aux Folles”
“Lily’s Eyes” – “The Secret Garden”
“The Curse” – “Rigoletto”
“No More” – “Into the Woods”
“Out There” – “Hunchback of Notre Dame”
“Finishing the Hat” – “Sunday in the Park with George”

With only two repeated composers to the best of my knowledge (Stephen Sondheim with “Into the Woods” and “Sunday in the Park with George” and Alan Menken with “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame”), I think I’m doing pretty well. Both of the songs from both repeated composers were ones I absolutely had to have in the recital, so I’m doing pretty well on getting a variety of sources. Though the style and subject matter is pretty unvaried, what with 99% of what I sing being ballads… this list ain’t much different. Literally, Russell (my music director for this) only marked three of these songs as anything but ballads. But, hey, that’s what I do.

Hopefully, some of the songs that didn’t make the list will make appearances at Guerrilla Theatre performances next semester. I don’t have much time, but I’m going to try and do at least a couple of them. Especially before some people graduate. But for the recital, now all I have to do is confirm the venue, set a date, get an accompanist that has time to practice with me and the four other duet musicians and… well, just do it.

Should be fun.

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