As the battles raged on around me, I moved my act to the karaoke stage. Few will understand what a huge leap that was, for although I had always sung, my anxieties had always precluded a solo act in front of an audience. But much to my surprise, I found strength in the spotlight, going to the one place no one would have ever sought me. I became one of my characters, the introverted artist, performing for reasons no one could ever guess.
Lord Malinov, Song of Songs