Thursday, May 21, 2009

On My Own

The other night we went to the final choir concert of the year for our daughter. She informed us the night before the concert that she had a solo part. What? Um, what is the solo? What are you singing? It's from Les Mis, she says. And then I start to think, uh oh.

I've been to a few concerts this year and to be truthful, its junior high and I'm not sure why I expect more than I get. However, the younger choir really is better than the older, more practiced choir, and that is no lie.

I know my daughter likes to sing, so she rates high in enthusiasm.

I asked her to please sing her solo part for her father and me. She was a bit embarrassed. I assured her that we would look away.

She then proceeded to sing the first few lines of On My Own. She sounded ok, nothing better or worse than what I've heard all year. Ok, just typing this out makes me feel like a real heel for not being more complimentary of my own daughter. But, I'll redeem myself, you'll see.

We invited grandma and grandpa J. down to Payson to see the show. It was just the choir, which was good. When they do all the bands, and guitars, and orchestra and the choirs, it is just too much!

Anyway....I digress. We went into the little lunch room/auditorium and the Les Mis medley was the last bit of the concert. Her part was what I think is part of the chorus, but they had her sing this first:

On my own
Pretending he's beside me
All alone
I walk with him 'til morning
Without him, I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way, I close my eyes and he has found me.

I wish I had video taped this. I have no excuse. I don't think about it, I just go to these things and it doesn't even occur to me that I should be documenting this on tape. WHAT WAS I THINKING?

My daughter sounded absolutely beautiful. I cried and cried. I was a complete mess. A lot of those kids get scared and sound timid, not my girl! She was confident! Her voice was gorgeous!

I'm not saying I'm expecting a recording contract at our door, but I was so, so, so proud of her. She did so well I cannot even tell you.

Even now I'm getting all choked up thinking about her and that performance. And now that I just asked her what lines she sang again, she is upstairs singing them in the shower. A-MAZE-ING.


Becky said...

That is awesome! So cool that S. was so calm.

I had to sing a solo for a musical in high was AWFUL!!! Ask Julie. She saw the tape of it.

Too bad you didn't get it on tape. But,what a great and tender post about your talented daughter.

mom/Janet said...

Those are the times you wouldn't trade as a parent. You ask yourself "how did I get to mother of someone like this" Good for S.

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

I know exactly how you feel. It's really awe inspiring to witness your child share their talents with the world. Its exactly those kind of moments that let us know we must be doing something right if our children have that kind of confidence to be able to perform like that in front of an audience.

Its those moments when all is right in the world. I hope you all will experience many more in the future.

Well done Sav! Well done Mom!