This was great for a number of reasons - a nice dinner with my sister, mum and husband, the food is fantastic, I love the restaurant (as you you will from this earlier post), and because it was family I got to try everyone else's stuff!
The giant tube of deliciousness you see in the picture is a Paper Dosa. Everything we had was brilliant, particular shout outs go to the Dosa, the pancakes, the Kozi Chuttathu (Chicken breast chunks marinated with coconut powder, turmeric and yogurt), and Erachi Thengaa (lamb dish cooked in a thick sauce of onion, tomato, ginger and fried coconut).
I managed to fulfil a life long dream recently in a random round about way.
Rockin' Roy is producing an album at the moment for release later this year and I ended up doing the backing vocals on the single! The sound is choral so I had to sing the part several times using different vocal ranges. I'm not sure what my range actually is but apparently it's not too shabby! It was a bit surreal standing in the little mic booth created in the room of our flat which Rockin' Roy has converted into a recording studio.
I've always wanted to sing on something 'real' and now I have, on a real single which will actually be released out into the world! I'll link to it once the artist launches.
I'm just part of the background of course, but it's nice to part of something and the song is good and extremely catchy. I had a dream a long time ago about singing in a band and got as far as doing some rehearsals with people but that was it. Being on this track is a small thing really, but while the idea of being on stage is quite exciting, it gives me the FEAR and I'm not sure it's something I'll ever have the guts to do. I get nervous singing even in my own house alone these days so this was a tiny triumph in the wilderness of bizarre nonsensical free floating anxiety. I have a lot of friends (and family) who are performers in various arts and I'm awe of them all for being able to do it. I'm even in awe of some of them for being really good at it...You mad brave fools!