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Monday, February 10, 2003

After a few weeks of rehearsals, the Balkan Babes (er, I mean, Koledari) took first prize at the annual Leneia festival.

For the record, I am not a singer. I don't sing. It just doesn't happen. Well, except in the car to accompany the radio sometimes. But singing in public is just out of the question for me. Except that at Lark camp a year and a half ago, the gang talked me into taking a Balkan singing workshop. I squirmed and fretted through the whole thing, but on the second to last day of camp, we performed a recital and it wasn't too bad. With a chorus of singers, my individual badness was drowned out by the greater glory of women's voices raised in song. So then when Janelle had this idea to do it for Leneia this year, I actually heard myself volunteering before I realized that this meant I would have to sing in front of people again. Doh.

We ended up singing four songs: Bratec Kosi, Sto Mi E Milo, Dumaj Zlato, and Trugnala Rumjana. I only found one sample online right now. I may add more later, but none of these are of us singing on Saturday night. We didn't record it, thank god. I'm quite certain I wouldn't have been able to handle it then.

And Leneia was, as always, truly fabulous. It's a Theosis event where everyone who attends has to perform something. It's a great opportunity to showcase the amazing talent amongst our friends, and a wonderful opportunity to get up in front of people and do something you wouldn't ordinarily do. So I did. And it was good.

And then on Sunday we started the moving process. All of my clothes are in the new place, and most of our books and games and CDs. I can't wait to have a housewarming party. I really like our new landlord. We told her Rick was getting laid off, and she said she would still rather have us living in her place than anyone else who applied, and that if we had to bail out of the lease early or renegotiate the rent at some point, then that was an option. So we decided to go ahead and move in. Next Sunday is the big moving day. Any volunteers for lifting lots of heavy furniture?


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