Friday, April 9, 2010

I Need No Permission, Did I mention

It takes a lot to truly embarrass me (just ask Leigh Ann who would have to order her "plain cheeseburger"s at McDonalds). With that being said, however, even I am surprised that I am willing to admit this. Remember that "to-do" list that I discussed on Wednesday? Well, there just may be a little somethin' somethin' that I failed to mention. I am hoping (as you all will be after hearing it) that writing it down may be a needed catharsis, that verbalizing, in this particular case, will serve as prevention rather than inspiration to actually accomplish. ...

I really love Beyonce. I like her outfits - classy at awards shows, and just fun in her videos. I enjoy listening to her interviews and made-for-TV specials - she seems intelligent and thoughtful and refreshingly grounded (She, along with Natalie Portman, Ellen Page, and Lauren Graham are on my list of "celebrities I think I would be friends with" - no joke, I actually think about stuff like this; shocking my dissertation isn't finished. Shocking.). I LOVE her music - anyone that would characterize her as "guilty pleasure" as opposed to talented artist is just dumb. For a completely inexplicable reason, I really like she and Jay-Z together. I get great pleasure in knowing that one night over Christmas break, while at my parents, I came downstairs and witnessed CLT watching a Beyonce special. And there was no one else in the living room. Most importantly, though, I like her dancing. See where this one is going? ...

#13: For some reason, yet to be known, be asked to perform in a "Single Ladies" talent show rendition.

In the dark recesses of my mind, this, more random than anything I have likely ever thought, thought lingers, occasionally rises to the forefront, and then sulks back when the reality of the ridiculousness overwhelms me. I have decided, however, that despite not really believing in fate, the fact that two people have sent the above Youtube clip to me in the past week, means something...obviously, something along the lines of: I need to find an off-the-shoulder black leotard.

The saddest part of this grandiose tale is that I am not joking in the least. Nearly every time I hear this song (which will NEVER wear out its welcome in my heart and mind), I think, "seriously, under what circumstance could I ever perform this?" It is not passing moment of whimsy; "Eye of the Tiger" concurrently plays as I chart my dance steps. Maybe some of my students will host a fundraiser where they have to get teachers to perform a hip-hop routine. Maybe Leigh Ann, Adrienne, and I will add some excitement to the Morgan 4th of July party. Maybe I can organize a synchronized Single Ladies dance for the Relay for Life fundraiser at the CCHS gym. Or, maybe, just maybe, I can kill two birds with one stone, and recruit Aunt Carolyn, Becky Ballard, and Teresa Page to perform with me at the grand opening of the Marrowbone Park theater company.

Make me feel better. Tell me about your secret "to-do"s:)

*Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. For those in Cumberland County, try to come out for the "Remember When" Relay for Life fundraiser tomorrow night. Who knows, you may be treated to a little halftime entertainment...*


  1. I want to see this happen for you.
    I have some experience with homemade costumes, so if you need any help at all, I'm your girl.

    My not-so-secret to do list consists of me singing Irene Cara's What a Feeling, with leg warmers and all.

    And Lauren Graham is on my list of celebrities I would be friends with too!!! Along with Jennifer Beals (of course), Parker Posey, and Leisha Hailey. Don't worry. You're not the only one.

  2. Talk about killing two birds with one stone...what if we put a sweatshirt (obviously with neck cut out) and leg warmers on over the leotard? Since everyone in your recitation is so lively and talkative, they would no doubt get a kick out of a little end of the year special performance.

    And for the record, the fact that you love Flashdance makes me so happy.

    Ohhh, good ones. I definitely don't own all 7 seasons of the Gilmore Girls. Nope, not me.

  3. That sounds fabulous. I've already got some of the moves down, so we're set. I'm sure the class would love it.

    Hahaha I can respect that. I watched Gilmore Girls in secret for years. And my TV/DVD collection is far worse...

  4. You should see Jackson Turner dance to Single ladies. Maybe he will help us out!

  5. Haha! Jackson would definitely put us all to shame. Maybe John would join in in the spirit of family fun. ....:)

  6. Can I dance too? I think I have a pair of leg warmers and a sweat shirt that I have cut the neck band. You know like in flash dance. Maybe this could be performed at the Marrowbone park. That should create interest in getting the community to form a drama club.

  7. Definitely, Mom. Maybe after your performance, you can also weld some stuff for the community.

  8. Hahaha I love the Flashdance references!
    There is actually a musical version! But for now it's only in London :(