Sorry y'alls, but the show is 2 days away and my voice is all I can think about.
Yesterday it really seemed like it was improving. I bowed out of band practice last night just to ensure a full recovery. Then woke up this morning- and it was worse!
Jeez Louise. This is the most freaking irritating thing that has ever happened to me.
Most people take their vocal health for granted- including me. Even though I've been a performer all my life, I've never had any problems. I think I've lost my voice exactly one other time. No performances were happening, so I sort of enjoyed having a low husky voice.
This, this is terrible. certain portions of my range are just gone. As I talk sound comes in and out and is lower than normal. I put in a terrified call to Mr. H, an actor with regular live gigs and lots of voice over work who has dealt with this issue many a time. He hath advised me on many an herbal remedy, some of which I am kicking myself for not having started earlier in the week. (Throat Coat tea? Hello?) He also seemed very confident that if I started taking these items right away I should be able to pull off Sunday. Of course, his experience is mainly with speaking, which generally does not require a super wide range, but now I am just being a doomsayer.
This is all particularly annoying because, as you may have heard me mention here, the past couple shows have been fairly light in the audience factor. This show is promising a good sized-crowd and we have some special events planned including shooting some reference footage for a possible music video and and and......boo. that's all.