Glitter and Be Gay

Who doesn’t love a diva? Hrm, upon further reflection, don’t answer that. Divas can be complicated. Demanding. Impatient. Intolerant. Belligerent. Frankly, we can be a downright pain in the ass.

I don’t hold the ‘diva’ title too often anymore–although I would appreciate it if you did not ask my husband for verification on this fact–but back in the day, I had no issues strutting myself onto a stage and whipping out a soprano aria with flourish and confidence.

To do a vocally demanding song like ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ from the light opera Candide, you absolutely, unequivocally must be a diva. Of the highest, best, most respectable order–like Kristin Chenowith below. Oh, and you must also be a master of comedic timing.

In Black Dust, our resident diva is Miss Tori Graham. She has sweet talked Toby, the story’s Broadway musical director, into a little extra assistance for her college auditions. And this is the piece he sent. It’s a challenge. But only the best divas soar at such a great challenge. And their teachers? Well, Emmett has his hands full.

“Okay, once more from ‘Observe how bravely,’ please,” Emmett said. He took a breath with Tori and began the accompaniment. She was doing well with the piece Toby had suggested for her demo tape. “Glitter and Be Gay” was the most challenging piece any of his students had ever attempted, and she took to it like a pro.

“No, no. No effects yet, Tori.” She also got ahead of herself and wanted
to add the trills, the flourishes, the highest of optional notes.

“I’m ready—”

“You are not. I am not. We’ll do this together. Same spot. ‘Observe

“Bravely, yeah yeah.” She rolled her eyes and took in half as much
breath as needed.

Black Dust, coming out April 7, is now available for pre-order from Interlude Press. In March only, with a purchase of Black Dust you will receive a copy of my first novel, Chef’s Table for 50% off with the code CHEF. You can also enter for a chance to win a copy at goodreads.

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