I saw this on Facebook this morning and it spoke to me. As most of my friends know, I was singing very little in Milwaukee for the last ten years that I was there. There just weren’t that many opportunities for me, and it was very discouraging. When I sang at the Hal Leonard Publishers Showcase in 2012, I realized I still had something to give and really wanted to – no, I had to – give it. Plus I sang with some terrific singers, and I discovered how much I missed that. It made me step up my game so that I wouldn’t be the weak link. (I know, that’s my mom talking – “Everyone was good except you.”)
My husband got the job offer in Baltimore in the middle of a total upstairs renovation. Most people were shocked that we were doing this at this point – except the tile guy on the project. He was a British guy who had been a session bass player in London. He told me that he wasn’t all that good to begin with, but there was so much work available in the area that he got hired all the time, and as a result, he played with some people who were really good. That made him get better – so that he could keep up with people who ultimately became his peers. (And then he fell in love with a girl in Milwaukee, had no one to play with and stopped playing the bass. So it wasn’t just me!)
Since I’ve been here, I’ve felt better about myself as a singer and felt that I’ve gotten more respect as one. And for however much time I have left as a singer, I’m not going to waste it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to practice some Rossini….