An update on next edition:
Most of the national (regional) finals that I do are to give people more songs from me even if they don't end up enjoying my entry. As the great Nancy Lam once said, "if you can't have 'Someday We'll Linger in the Sun,' have 'By Myself.' If you can't have 'No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),' have 'Verdi Cries.'" This time around, I was genuinely torn between four pieces of music and surrendered myself to the will of others as a result via a secret NF. Thank you so very much to my two secret jurors (you know who you are) for giving incredibly thoughtful and reasoned responses; it's incredible and much appreciated to have you care as much as you two clearly did. They haven't made my job of picking an entry any easier. Two of the four songs they received seem to have stood a touch higher for both of them, and I'm still torn between the two. They kind of work as companion pieces: one celestial, pure, and pretty, the other emotive, raw, and difficult to swallow. Also both by men (and neither Robert!), a tad strange given my WV history. One of the two will be coming to you; stay tuned.