Waking up with a sore head from the overpriced vodka and cokes, I wondered whether last night was a dream. I had spent many a night curled up in bed after a long day at the office with my Ally McBeal DVDs watching Vonda Shepard sing in the piano bar downstairs, wishing I could join the Cage and Fish crew for a few drinks and a dance.
It was only three weeks ago, a friend of mine casually mentioned that he had seen an advert for Vonda Shepard playing at Glasgow’s Oran Mor. After a state of sheer exhilaration I just knew that I had to get a ticket and be there. The 3rd of March came all to quickly and before I knew it, I was sitting two rows from the front hardly believing I was waiting for Vonda to come on stage.
All dressed up, in a dress that had been hanging in my wardrobe waiting for the right occasion, fishnets and my favourite heels, the woman beside me commented about how I looked like I had just walked off the Ally McBeal set.
But I was too distracted by a flicker of blonde hair in the wings. Soon enough a stunning woman who hadn’t aged at all since her Ally days emerged, with long coliseum legs and a trendy chiffon dress that any Topshop woman would have been proud of. She flashed a beaming smile that could light up the whole of the Glasgow.
Kick starting into song with songs from her new album From The Sun, followed by some of her classic covers from the show. Including a hip swaying, soul strumming rendition of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Sweet Inspiration‘ and toe tapping ‘Some Day We’ll be together’ which got all the women up dancing.
Rounding off with some of her heart rendering piano ballads including ‘Clear‘, ‘Baby, Don’t you break my Heart Slow’ and ‘This is Crazy Now’. One couple so caught up in the moment shared a romantic kiss in the middle.
Finally finishing with the song that made her famous and everyone was waiting for ‘the Ally McBeal theme song ‘Searching My Soul’. And this time when she asked everyone to get up and dance, I didn’t give it a second thought. It was a once in a lifetime chance.
I shuffled my way to the front, dancing inches away from where she was playing. Every so often opening my eyes to take it all in. If you asked anyone I knew they would tell you I hate to embarrass myself.
But that night I was living my Ally McBeal fantasy and I wasn’t wasting a second of it.
After the gig, I made sure I was the last person to get an autograph and photo. Meeting my eyes, Vonda said Hi and that she saw me dancing. Cringing inside but laughing on the outside I said she had no idea what it meant to me.
It was at this time I took the chance to tell her the her music had helped me through the most difficult times. Her song ‘Soothe Me’ got me through a very painful break up. I wanted her to know that her music meant something to me outside of the McBeal bandwagon, it reached me in a time of need.
It has been eight years since Ally left on a jet plane to New York in the show’s season finale. But every time I watch the DVDs back, I smile knowing that for one night and one night only I lived my dream and danced in the Cage and Fish bar.