Sharing videos appears to be a favorite method of saying our goodbyes this week. I could think of no better clip to express my feelings about my tenure here at the Ball than this one from My Fair Lady*:
What makes it perfect for me is that this is a rare clip of the number “I Could Have Danced All Night” in Audrey Hepburn’s own voice. As you probably know, her songs for the movie were dubbed by Marni Nixon, because Miss Hepburn’s singing voice was…well, less than stellar, shall we say?
Much like my own. *grin*
Seriously, don’t feel like you have to watch that whole clip. I mean, there are parts that are downright painful to hear. Still, I think her voice shows verve, even when she doesn’t quite hit the right notes. There’s a lot to be said for verve. So I want to give thanks to “lostvocals6” on YouTube for the labor of love it took to sync up Audrey’s rehearsal track to the film.
The fact is, when you’ve been through a year like this with such a lovely and talented group of writers, and the truly supportive readers who have invited you to be a part of their lives, it is hard to let go. You do wish the dance could go on, and that the wonder and excitement, the newness of being a debut author, could last just a little longer.
Alas, all good things must end. Bittersweet though it is, I am looking forward to more new adventures out there in the publishing world. Besides, I figure I’ll come back here and crash the party when my next book comes out, so it’s not like this place is getting rid of me that easily.
*Of course, there are those who might say this next clip is more *cough* representative of my time here at the Ball:
I’m sure Dover and his bloomin’ arse might agree.
Big hugs to all Debs, old (er, perhaps “past” is a better word) and new alike, and to the readers and commenters who have made this such an amazing year for me!
Thank you. It’s been grand.