I am a LUCKY girl sometimes. I’ve had the luxury to stay in some rather fancy places during my life touring. Not only are the destinations beautiful, but almost every evening for how many years now, I dress up in gowns and stage dresses decking myself to the nines for audiences and the stage.
Before I left for Switzerland to prepare for our Lord of the Rings trilogy at Lincoln Center in NYC I had the absolute honor of writing a piece for Elite Magazine- a publication dedicated to the Fayetteville region and military installations. What could a singer, performer and musician have to offer such an audience of readers? Well having always had to supply and find my own stage dresses I have MANY tips on where to buy formal gowns without breaking the bank for all the military balls and formal events we as military spouses have to attend. Also, with head shots, photo shoots, publicity and just being an all around performer, I forget the novelty of having pictures taken by a professional photographer or being the center of a photo shoot.
Not only was I able to pass along some buyers tips, but also got the chance to help organize a photo shoot for all my fellow military spouses and friends. These working moms, business women and all around amazing females don’t always get the opportunity to kick their feet up and become the Belle of the Ball on a regular basis. Experienced military spouses, they were all eager to lend their wisdom, experience and gorgeous faces towards the article. I swear one day I want to put together a “soup for the soul” book or collection of stories and experiences much of the military spouse web all around the world has to offer!
Our time at Fort Bragg has not been very long, but these past couple months finally being “out of the woods” with a 2 year old & infant while working, and making it through our first deployment as a family I have met so many new women in the Fayetteville area. That and finally getting my own private voice studio going! I just love being able to work with kids in the area, and young musicians and vocalists starting out. Trying to figure out what singing and what music means to them is just a part of planting some roots into the community that has given us so much.
Start up business owners, direct sales, makeup artists, hairstylists, photographers, editors- it’s just amazing how female entrepreneurs support one another no matter how diverse their particular realm of industry. This led to another local opportunity- being featured in CityView Magazine thanks to editor Miriam Landrau. Talk about planting roots- this amazing military spouse has planted a gosh darn TREE in Fayetteville. Simply amazing ; ) As a vocalist and mom of two going from one realm to another is just a part of life. My kids and the dear friends we have made here at Bragg enrich the life that I have when I am away making music. The two are intrinsically intertwined and I refuse to let either piece go. These women: ones dealing with 9 month or longer deployments, having to take care of five kids or have the birth of their child without Dad home, organize meal plans or send cards to new moms, decide to go back to finish their degree…….THESE are the ones who inspire me. For as long as I can “make it work” this #singinmama is gonna do her thing!
I’ll post a blog soon on our time at Lincoln Center. SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT ITS JUST TO MUCH FOR THIS POST!
It was an EPIC series of performances- and with two already down- an absolutely huge benchmark for the Lord of the Rings Live to Projection tour! These musicians from Lucerne and 21st Century Orchestra and Chorus have been performing and mastering the music longer than any other orchestra. They know it better than any! Kind, hard working, detailed, and exceptional musicians to say they do it the best is a complete understatement! I may have had to spend Easter apart from my kids and husband this year but life always goes in spurts. Feast and famine: ride the highs so you can remember when your feeling low. Lincoln Center I know will have a special place in my memory for a long time to come- so toi toi toi to all my fellow performers! Do what you love for as long as you can!
Elite Magazine Photos by Raul Rubiera
City View Magazine Photos by Sharilyn Wells Photography