My mom was a music major who sang sweet songs to me as I grew up. My dad played the flute and guitar. My grandmothers played piano and my grandfathers loved to sing.
So, it’s no surprise that I grew up singing and loving music. I started singing in the school choir in elementary school. Soon my love of singing grew so much that I joined the Seattle Girls Choir. Two nights a week, 3 hours at a time for six years. Spring concerts, holiday concerts, signing on the Christmas ship Seattle.
Eventually, in high school we got pretty good. We were invited to international competitions in Finland and the next year in Hungary. Because of this singing group, I was able to travel Europe, and Russia as a young woman. We stayed with homestay families, sang in 12 languages and traveled by bus with best friends. This experience broadened my scope of what the world really looks like. I witnessed bread lines around the block and the extreme kindess of families with little monetary resources but a lot of caring.
Singing and touring was incredible, but I must say a lot of work and kind of intense. When I finished college, got married and had kids I decided to take a break from singing and focus more on nursery rhymes. I got pretty good at those.
As life would have it, I ended up getting a divorce and raising the kids by myself. for awhile I was in such survival mode, I didn’t have the energy to focus on music. As things have gotten easier, I see my love of music coming back. I have playlists for everything on my phone – the morning, workouts, house cleaning, etc. I sing in the car and while doing the dishes. I play guitar, poorly but I’m learning. I drive the kids crazy with my silly songs, but deep down I know they like it.
I sing when I’m joyful and when I’m sad. I sing when I’m telling stories or asking the kids to do chores.
And now, the coolest thing has happened. The kids sing too. We bust out in the car, at the dinner table, we are even working on harmonies and beat-boxing!
So today, I am thankful for music, and the richness it brings into my life.