That time I wore purple at the jazz festival.

shoes Yesterday was a very long, but very fun day. The Jazz orchestra I play with (The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra) played 2 sets at Newcastle Jazz Festival. The performances were really good. (The crowd was great, and we were really tight/ in tune/ mistake free)

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This is what I wore to travel to and from the jazz festival. I wanted to wear something comfy and floofy, which is how I ended up with this outfit (which is both hella comfy and hella floofy)

wind flick

I wasn't able to stay in this all day. Part of the orchestra's "thing" is that we play 20's music as it would have been played in the 20's, which includes period accurate clothes, makeup (and sometimes instruments like the weird and wacky stroh violin )

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I managed to convince some of the orchestra to come out into the sunlight and take some photo's with me in costume which was fun. So yeah, this is half of the New Empire.

half an orchestra

Our costumes were put together by Ashley, who is a thrifting and seamstress extraordinaire. Half of our dresses were thrifted as is, and the other half started out their life as very ugly garments, which were altered into submission.

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One last thing I want to talk about is posture. I was playing a gig with Vanishing Shapes the other evening when an old man came up to me and said "I'm only telling you this because you're pretty. You need to hold your shoulders high and keep you're back straight so that you can be beautiful". Now, posture is something I've been working on a lot this year (so that my flute and singing gets better). Due to me not really caring when I was quite young, my "default" posture is quite slumped over.

Practicing good posture for extended lengths of time at the moment causes my back to ache. When I'm performing and my back starts to ache, I do whatever I can to quell the pain, which in some cases means having awful posture for a while (it way be hard to play properly with bad posture, but it's worse trying to play with pain). This particular night I had been carrying heavy stuff all day, and I was sore and tired, so I let my posture slip so I could be comfortable.

I'm not really sure what my point is, but that man's comment really got on my nerves  this week (especially in the second half of the New Empire's second set yesterday. I had to let my posture go a bit so I could finish the set). I don't understand why people think it's their place to comment on what you "should" and "shouldn't" be doing with your body. Yes, my posture isn't great, and yes, it's terrible for my health, but I'm working on correcting it. No, I don't expect you to know, but it's none of your business in the first place.