I was always performing Fado, in the previous 3 years of CKTZ Lip Syncs, so in 2018 I decided to change and perform something different, also Portuguese.
The "Canção do Mar" was first sang by Amalia Rodrigues in 1955, and this version is sang amazingly by Dulce Pontes, an incredible Portuguese singer.
For this Eurythmics song I invited my partner's son, Dakota Brulhart, to be my Angel. We had a lot of fun rehearsing and performing it at the 2018 CKTZ Lip Sync.
As a sequel of the love story with a carrot, at the 2017 CKTZ Cabaret, in 2018 I created this performance between me and a zucchini. So Much Fun!!!
OMG... for the first time I am posting myself singing for real!!!
A little bit of my story about singing: I always loved to sing, although my voice is very limited... I used to go to karaokes all the time in my teenage-wood, and then I did not sing for 20 years because of the terrible smoking addiction. My partner is an amazing guitar player and on our Mexican winters in La Manzanilla, there is a lot of opportunity for amateur musicians. Lyle started to play a lot there and I also wanted to participate at the Jam Sessions, Open Mics, etc. I sang for the first time in the 2016/17 Winter and it was that night that gave me the strength to finally stop smoking after 30 years, in February 2017.
Since then I am practicing, experimenting, re-discovering my voice and having a ton of fun with it. I struggle with nodules on my vocal cords and a total lack of experience, but the acceptation of people is beautiful and encouraging, and I really want to improve. So please don't judge me... it takes a lot of courage to be on stage and give whatever you have at the moment!
On this 2018 CKTZ Cabaret, I sang Private Dancer and the audience response was amazing when I went to the room, asking for more money for the Radio Station, as you can see.
Sometimes CKTZ takes the Cortes Island Lip Sync to the neighbor Quadra Island, as it was this case. The intended singer of the Cortes performance was another person, but because she could not go to Quadra, the amazing artist and creator of this act, Meinsje Vlaming, invited me to lip sync the great Grace Slick, still celebration the 67 Summer of Love. And, with a lot of effort, we could convince my partner Lyle Brulhart to perform as well, as the Mad Hater. Also on this act are the CKTZ manager, Howie Roman as the Rabbit, Carina Verhoeve as the Caterpillar, Norleen Lillico as Alice, and the creator Meinsje Vlaming as the Queen of Hearts. So much fun to be part of this incredible team!
Although we were celebrating the 60's, I also performed another Fado from more recent times. I love this Mariza's interpretation of the classic "Barco Negro" that she sang during her concert in the Union Chapel, London-UK in 2003. I also lipsynced her introduction talk, explaining the song. I consider this performance my best one so far.
In the Summer of 2017 Cortes Island joined the Worldly celebration of the 1967 Summer of Love 50th Anniversary. So, the organizers of the CKTZ Lip Sync asked the performers to focus their acts on music from the 60's. This is what I came up with.
All the Lip Syncs on Cortes Island are fundraisers for the local Radio Station CKTZ 89.5 fm. I am not sure for how many years they are making them, but for a lot! And on this year of 2017 CKTZ organized for the first time a Cabaret - an "Adult Only" show, where the performers could explore more risque acts. I have so much fun with it!!! I love all the preps, the costumes, the sense of humor, to be sexy and funny without being vulgar, I love it!!!
On this act I decided to create a love story with a carrot...
Also in 2016, this was my second performance. Yes, it is very good to share my Portuguese culture, but it is also fun to do the North American Stars, as the incredible Tina Turner! And in every act I am discovering different things inside myself...
My 2nd performance was on the following year, 2016. Because my first was a sad Fado, on this one I wanted to share again my Portuguese culture, but in a more joyful way. This is one of the Fado classics, immortalized by the greatest Amalia Rodrigues. The typical clothe is from the North of Portugal, Minho region.