Feb 23, 2013 - 6:40 pm
Tomorrow is the benefit and silent auction planned and put together by my friend and singing partner. We've dubbed it Mark "T"'s Beat the Beast Benefit and Silent Auction. We're doing this to help offset my living expenses for the next few months until I can get back to work.
There are dozens of donated items from businesses and friends. Marcia made handmade purses and wool caps and a couple of her paintings. I believe there are over 20 musicians, groups that will be performing as well. It's being held at a restaurant where my music career was re-born in January 2009. I started playing an open mic there on Sunday evenings and the next thing you know I'm out gigging again. I performed over 110 shows a year over the last two years as a solo performer and duo.
My partner was just here and picked up the t-shirts I had made and we went over a few details. It looks like it's going to be an awesome turn out. My sister and my son are driving down tomorrow from NJ to visit and go to the benefit for a while.
The last time I opened my mouth to sing was December 5th. It was the last gig I had booked for the year. Obviously, with everything going on, I haven't booked anything in 2013. In fact, I've had to cancel several dates.
When I perform solo I go by Mark "T" and when I perform with my partner we're 'Sweet T' :) Con is an amazng vocalist. She comes from a similar professional background having performed nationally with well known acts. Together there is something very special that only happens once in a great while. Two different voices that come together as one in harmony that is unique, much in the way a Crosby and Nash or Simon and Garfunkel come together.
We are going to do a set and I was just going to play and let her sing but once I picked up my guitar and we started playing I just had to try and sing despite my throat still being very sore and severe nerve pain in my head and neck. I haven't attempted to sing since beofre my first tonsillectomy on Dec. 21st.
Well...I can sing! I don't have the strength I normally have but I have the control and timbre. I just have to be more "breathy" is all. It sounds wonderful! Best of all, for that 20 or minutes we practiced, I felt great!
So I plan on getting as much rest as I can between now and tomorrow evening. I'm looking forward to being on stage as it will be the last time before treatment starts and perhaps the last time for the foreseeable future. I'm truly blessed and humbled by the support of my family, friends and fans. I just hope I can hold it together emotionally...
Here's to music and here's to singing!