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Of Music and Dreams

There was always music in our house growing up. No matter where we were or who we were with, music was always a part of our daily life. To say that I had a diverse exposure to music would be putting it mildly.

Granny taught us to sing as little children from old church hymnals. My cousin and I cut our teeth on old 8 track tapes of Kenny and Dolly, trucker music, Conway Twitty, and Hank Sr. We were always singing at Granny’s and even now I think she had the sweetest singing voice I have ever heard.

At Uncle Doug’s house, where my older cousins controlled the tapes (Cassettes ya’all!), it was Motley Crue and … ok, so thanks to my cousin Tim it was mostly Motley Crue! I still get excited when I hear the motorcycle rev at the beginning of Girls, Girls, Girls. Sad, yes?

Spending the night at my best friend Angel’s house meant that I would get to enjoy Meatloaf, the Eagles, and Nancy Sinatra. I used to think it was ridiculously cool that none of our friends had any idea these people existed and we knew all the words on all the albums.

In my dreams, I was going to have a career in music. I sang constantly and was told over and over again how talented I was. I just knew I was going to be the next best thing since The Judds. Of course, those dreams have changed and evolved over the years, but the music has remained a fixture.

So when my daughters all expressed an interest in singing, I encouraged them to participate in chorus and follow their dreams. Last Thursday night, the musical theme in our family brought about one of my happiest moments as a parent. Anna stood in front of a theater of people at her Senior Recital and entranced us all with her voice. Her talent, hard work, and dedication have brought her dreams… once the dreams I thought were mine, but were generation too soon… into the realm of the possible.

Wherever she decides to go in life, I hope she takes my love of 80s hair bands and Mark’s love of Elton John and Stereophonics and all of the other musical influences in her life and keeps heading toward her dreams.  I may just be a proud momma, but I think she’s going to go a long way.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Ida March 21, 2011, 9:26 am

    Ignore the sound quality. Our camera isn’t great, but it did what we needed it to.

    And a BIG BIG thanks to Mark for editing out all the images of me wiping tears from my eyes.

  • Nukdookum March 21, 2011, 10:05 am

    I thought the jazzy piece she did on her second round of songs was great. I mean all of them were great but I especially liked the jazzy piece.

  • Daniele X March 21, 2011, 11:20 am

    I liked the jazzy pieces, too. My only disappointment was that the piano drowned out Anna and the others. :/

  • Mark March 21, 2011, 12:45 pm

    I am working on getting the entire recital up on you tube. But I had ISSUES getting the video to convert right. Damn me being too cheap to buy decent video editing software! :)

    I like the jazzy number too…actually I liked Anna’s attempt at being a jazzy vamp even BETTER! LOL

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