Anyone who knows me knows I just spent the last six months preparing for an event that took about as much planning as a wedding! And I’d be less than honest if I said I enjoyed every minute of it. Truth be told, as much as I tried to enjoy the journey, there were many moments when all I wanted to hear was my own voice saying “We love you! God bless you! We’ll see you again soon! Goodnight!– which is how I end every show that I host.
Aside from a few small hiccups, the performance pretty much went off the way I saw it in my mind’s eyes last year when I made the decision to release
the Time To Say CDwith a big concert event at the South Orange Performance Arts Center in South Orange, NJ.
I have to admit that ALL OF THE CREDIT for this goes to JESUS! He is the master orchestrator because when it came time to assemble the MOST IMPORTANT PIECES, i.e. rehearsals, band cues, wardrobe, payroll checks, I was so deathly ill that I could not execute ONE of these CRITICAL tasks.
My emergency visit to the doctor just DAYS before my concert was so apparently unsettling to even this trained professional that he hastily conceded that my illness could not be diagnosed in his office. This was indeed a job for the hospital emergency room staff. Not willing to take the chance of becoming an in-patient, I staggered home and began the heavy medication my doctor had prescribed. Instead of making me feel better, it simply left me too sleepy to shop for the dazzling ensembles I imagined in my head would be worthy of this, one of the most historic events in my life . In fact, I couldn’t do much of anything other than take my medicine and go BACK TO SLEEP.
Notwithstanding, the concert was one of the most exciting and liberating experiences of my career to-date. My family and friends kicked in like jet engines! They rolled up their sleeves, formed committees and took a huge load off me. Their ideas were amazing and the LOVE that I felt coming from the audience was strengthening and exhilarating! However, when “I Remember”
the bliss of that joyful “EVENING WITH WINCEY” on the beautiful theater stage in South Orange, NJ in the late Spring of 2012, it will forever be accompanied by the equally agonizing memory of the painful week that led up to it. If I had to do it all over again, would I be willing to put myself through such an excruciating ordeal?…In a heartbeat!