Deep breath


Tonight is the night. My first time playing out in Nashville.

Good thing that I will only have to say that once in my entire life.

Eleanor Roosevelt said to “do something everyday that scares you.” Apparently I haven’t done anything scary for about 9 years, and it is all converging in this one little 3-song event. Then again, for as terrifying as it all seems, it’s also exciting to finally, FINALLY be doing something.

The past 6 months or so have held the consistent theme of letting go of perfectionism. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but also… freeing. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to be perfect. The important thing is to try. And to wear something cute while doing it.



  1. erin castioni on July 10, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    I often wear a necklace inscribed with another Eleanor Roosevelt saying to remind myself that i am in charge of achieving my destiny: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Do you believe? I do. You’ll be great!!

    Oh, and i also find that confidence usually lurks in a great pair of shoes, so choose wisely!

  2. Case and Los on July 10, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    and tell yourself, “I am the shit!” (sorry to those my vulgarity offends) That’s what I say to myself and Los to pump us up. Don’t tell anyone:)

    I know you. You’re amazing. So just go be you. No one else can.

  3. ashleechoi on July 10, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    You will be great. I have no doubts about that. Live it up!! Ain’t no better city in which to do what you’re doin’!

  4. Megan Brady on July 10, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Ah! How I wish I could be there! Go Annie!

  5. Anonymous on July 10, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    I am the shit who believes in the beauty of my dreams, I am the shit who believes in the beauty of my dreams, I am the shit…..
    I am dying out here – not able to be there. Tearing up at the slightest provocation. I am so proud of my little girl!!!! Knock ’em dead.
    Tons of love,

  6. Annie Parsons on July 10, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    hahaha… MOM! That was hilarious. :)

  7. duane on July 10, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    you’ll be great! im looking forward to it.

  8. Annie on July 10, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Annie, this is so exciting! I’m sure you’ll do fantastic. I actually had my first experience with this just last night. I’m singing in a band from NY for a few shows around the northwest and our first was up in Vancouver. Granted, it’s not my own material, but it was still terrifying but SO MUCH FUN. Once you get past the first line of the first song, you’ll forget about being nervous and blow everyone away with your talent.

    Good luck!

  9. [not the] Best Blog Ever on July 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Break a leg! Can’t wait to hear how it all goes.

  10. Deborah Barnett on July 10, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    just picture everybody in their underwear. And I say that boldly because I won’t be there.

    I’m in DC… but my heart and thoughts are with you. You will be fabulous.

  11. Orderly Conduct on July 10, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    i’m doing my best to be there to witness the first of many incredible shows in nashvegas!! :)

  12. erin castioni on July 10, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    sorry if your blog gets dirty, i just spit out my afternoon cup of tea all over the computer at what your mom said. Moms rule!

  13. bec on July 10, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    so all of my inspirational words have been slightly stifled as i cannot get over mom’s own comment.

    but it’s so cool that you are really going for it tonight. i’m not sure i ever could. just remember you are court players trained – if you can play a sheep, a nasty ninevite, and an angel with pride, you can be annie the singer just as well (and with all the more reason to be proud) :)

  14. Rebecca on July 10, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    I’m praying!! I know you’ll do wonderfully well! xoxo

  15. Colleen on July 10, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    I can’t believe I ditched you on your first night performing in Nashville!! Why didn’t you ask me to stay!?!? Lets get together soon!

  16. Lyla on July 10, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    I am so excited to hear how things went. I have no doubt that there were several highly impressed listeners.

  17. Case and Los on July 10, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    oh my gosh, your mom is amazing. unbelieveable. i want to hug her. so let’s have an update already, it’s 11:30 your time.

  18. Christina on July 11, 2008 at 7:01 AM

    I’d like to second what Becca said: Nasty Ninevites 4EVA!

  19. erin castioni on July 11, 2008 at 7:57 AM

    alright already! it’s now 10am on the morning after. I’m anxiously awaiting…notice i didn’t say patiently…HOW’D IT GO?

  20. Case and Los on July 11, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    p.s. SO much for NOT telling anyone:)

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