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
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.