DOZ Issue 39 January 2019 - Page 24

any acquaintances or family or friends and having to forge ahead with all the huge work I told you that needed to be done, and to do it, suck it up and do it, that part is not easy, I must confess. Be- cause one needs to have first of all strength of character to be able to continue, and never give up. So that’s the challenging part, that solitude, even in the career. I have sung in over twenty countries, and when you go around on that type of career, it’s hard to find anyone who would accompany you on that type of journey (she laughs). I mean everybody has their own lives, so you’re on your own. So, you have this amazing contrast between the performer on stage, and you have lots of people, and the applause and the bravo and the flowers and this whole glamorous life on stage and you have the other side of it, which is alone in the hotel, alone in the airport going through all the travel hassles. So, it’s that type of DOZ Magazine | January 2019 contradicted life. So if I were to put a word to what the challenge of this is, it’s solitude. Then for the fulfillment part is that I am actually able to do precisely what I dreamed I wanted to do, and not many people get to be able to do that in their lifetime. I am doing it, I am living that dream, and it is something that is a blessing. To be able to wake up in the morning and say that you are doing exactly what you want to be doing. You know I remember a point in my life when I was working in a med- ical research lab because I was a scientist in my other life (she laughs). And I remember think- ing, I don’t want to live this way for the rest of my life and I was praying and saying God help me I would just be so unfulfilled. And I was thinking; this can’t be, there has to be more to life than this. And so yes, I am aware every day of the fact that I am able to get up every day and say I sing for a living and this is my job. It’s very 24 fulfilling and very rewarding, and I am very grateful every day for that privilege. Omo, when you sing what is it that you want the audience to take away? Is it just entertainment or is there more to it? Oh, there is much more. I am the type of singer who started out singing because I love to sing. That means that there was a phase in my life when I would be singing, it still happens but I am able to master it, and I’m crying. So that means for me a musical experience has to be the type of experience that changes you. Have you ever come out of a conference and felt like you could fly, you could do anything? You could be whoever you want to be? This sort of euphoria you feel when you have experienced a very good, very wonderful musical or artistic experience or perfor-