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Making a Commitment…Bringing the Music Back

2012 August 22
by Becky

Have I mentioned I used to sing?

I know I said something about singing at my friend Kate’s wedding back in May, but I’ve never really talked a lot about just how into music I am. Recently my passion as taken the shape of Itsy-Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle performances, the occasional wedding or casual band gig, tinkering at my keyboard, and lots of car concerts. Basically, music hasn’t been enough of a committed part of my life for a while now.

It feels like yesterday I was heading to All State Chorus in high school, playing the lead in the school musical, and traveling around Europe with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Concert Choir. But those days were oh so long ago. Between then and now I transferred schools, graduated, moved, got a job, got married, got a different job, then another, moved again, had a baby, quit my job, moved across the country…all the time feeling like I “didn’t have the time” to spend on the thing I love SO MUCH.

Here’s where I post some crazy-old, slightly-humiliating photos of me from my musical peak:

The musical “Into The Woods”. That’s me in the middle. 

High School Show choir…could I be smiling any bigger? Now that, my friends, is showmanship.

Yes, I played the flute too. Flutes are coolest.

I actually went to Band Camp. No joke. They did singing there too.

The UNO Concert Choir touring in Moldova (it’s in between Romania and Ukraine).

Ok, so how long has it actually been? Like 10 years.

How the HECK did that happen?

Time just flies.

Since having Ethan, I’ve made very few long-term commitments. None, to be exact. I just feel like he IS my commitment…everything I do has to center around him because he is not only my precious boy, he’s my J-O-B. My every minute. And though I do fit in projects here and here, I do very few things that are just about me.

I’ve realized in the last year that I have time for what I WANT to have time for. As long as I’m managing my time well, I can indulge in a few activities, nay, commitments, I’ve been thinking and dreaming about.

So to get the ball rolling, last night I attended my very first rehearsal with the Alexandria Choral Society!!!

(pause for applause and/or oo’s and ahh’s)

Since my audition many weeks ago, I’ve been ecstatic about gettin’ my singin’ thang back on with this reputable local ensamble. And last night was exactly what I’d hoped it would be. The atmosphere is friendly yet professional, the music is beautiful and interesting, and the people are tal-en-ted. The two hours spent sight reading, a capella, our new music was invigorating and reassuring—I can still do this!

It’s my first post-baby commitment, and I’m feeling REALLY good about it.

So get ready to hear a few things about my new endeavor back into the music world. We have a performance coming up in October and the repertoire is incredible.

I’ll expect everyone reading this to be there.

I’m not kidding.


12 Responses
  1. Kate permalink
    August 22, 2012

    Proud of you for making this all about YOU!
    Can’t wait to HEAR more.

  2. Darcie permalink
    August 22, 2012

    Good luck to you! I was in the Peace Corps in Moldova…I always get excited whenever it’s mentioned :)

    • Becky permalink*
      August 22, 2012

      Moldova is a wonderful country with the nicest people. I met someone from Moldova the other day and she about fell over when I said I’d been there! Hilarious.

  3. Sandy Schon permalink
    August 22, 2012

    Way to Go!!!!!

  4. Grandpa Joe permalink
    August 22, 2012

    Can’t wait for the sound clips in the blog.
    And I hope it is Late October………………and we’ll be there.

  5. Lara permalink
    August 22, 2012

    Ok, I LOVE the photos. They are classic. I definitely need to find the embarrassing music photos to show Luke. I know that there is a shot of me dressed up like Little Bo Peep carrying a birdcage from Sweeney Todd. Awesome.

    Also, OF COURSE, we will be at your performances!!! I can’t wait to see you in action. I’m so proud of you for doing this!

    • Becky permalink*
      August 22, 2012

      Luke is not the only one who wants to see those pictures!!!! We should have a high school memory party and go through all our most embarrassing shots from long ago. :)

  6. August 22, 2012

    Love it Beck. I still have that first CD. I’m gonna put it on.

  7. Amber permalink
    August 29, 2012

    Wow! How exciting I never knew that about you:) Its so important for us stay home moms to have something “just for us”. Way to go!

    • Becky permalink*
      August 29, 2012

      Thanks Amber! I agree. It feel SO good to get out and do something that I love. It’s weird being out of the house past 7pm (Ethan’s bedtime) during the week!

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