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stage fright? wine? I'm random I know...

(Long story short: friend's band invited me to sing a song at their next gig on the 14th) Yes singing_sea has moderate stage fright :P (sung in public before but it's been a while) What are some ways you deal with stage fright/public speaking? Also the hubby and I are making spaghetti tonight...suggest a good brand of red wine to me?

Re: stage fright? wine? I'm random I know...

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    Xanax from the doc.  :)
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    No suggestions on the stage fright.   Sorry.But red wine wise, I love a good cabernet.  J. Lohr is a good one, and we also like Chateau Ste. Michelle, both of which are pretty cheap ($12-16) and can be found at Target.
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    I usually hold onto to something when I sing in public.  Like I'll have a small lighter in my hand, or a hematite stone.  It just makes me feel better, or grounded I guess.
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    Hard alcohol works for me.
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    Ditto Brie on Chateau St. Michelle, and I also like Our Daily RedCan't help with stage fright though
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    I don't sing in public, but there's nothing like a lil liquid courage.  And for the wine, I like red zinfandels a lot.  7 Deady Zins has a really good one for around 12 bucks.  Yeah, I'm a cheapo.
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    Ugh I would drink before I sing but it tightens my vocal chords and makes it difficult to hit certain notes. Maybe I'll Bob Dole it and hold a pen (I know that's terrible.)
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    Probably sounds trivial, but a few deep breaths helps me a lot. It's like dani said, it helps to make me feel grounded.
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    When I taught, I would find a place to look just above heads (so it still looked like I was making eye contact) and look there.  Or, if there was a friendly face in the audience (like your husband, or a friend), then I'd look there.  I used to be WAYYY terrified of it. I also found that moving around, at least with speaking, helped a lot.
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    Good luck! I think the audience should be supportive, particularly if your friends introduce you as a guest. Try to remember that they all want you to succeed!
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    A drink might help with the nerves but I always find it is not good for my vocals. I like to do some deep breathing and never ever look at the audience. Look above them. I also second J Lohr cabernet for dinner.
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    Call me cheap, but I love Yellow Tail Shiraz. It's good and peppery and not too sweet.I have major stage fright as well, but I just avoid being in front of people, so I guess I don't have any good advice for that. I like PP's suggestion to focus on a familiar face in the crowd. Good luck!
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    Thanks ladies for all the suggestions! :) If I do really bad I'll just do an awkward jig like Ashlee Simpson HA!
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    Go do Kareoke to practice. ...Yes I know I cannot spell... Damn singing bar :)
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