This weekend I am going to Fiddlin' Bear Old Time music festival at Lake Genero in Pennsylvania. I'm looking forward to a whole weekend of music with only myself to think about. After 38 years of raising children, I am finally on my own. I wondered if it would take a while to get used to this freedom, but it hasn't. Free at last; Free at last; Thanks God almighty, I'm free at last!
Today is my birthday. I never used to notice my birthdays, but as I've gotten older, the decades tend to be significant. This year I have hit 60. Yikes! It sounds so old, but only for myself. When I think of other people being 60, it doesn't seem at all old. This will be a year of transitions: The changing of a 20-year life partnership into a friendship, and the phasing out of a duo into whatever comes next. I will be recording a solo CD this year and looking for another music project. Hopefully, I will be doing even more writing of music and more. Change is exciting, and I have always thrived on adventure. Here's to a year of change and adventure.
A few months ago a friend handed me a flyer for a summer theater camp for children. Having always had dramatic children and grandchildren, it piqued my interest. I called and, after chatting with the president for a while, agreed to trade my work at the camp for my granddaughter's tuition. Many years ago, in my much younger days, I was in musicals but hadn't done any acting since then. What was I getting myself into? But, I always accept a challenge. After going to the first (and only) staff meeting, I was less sure of myself but still hopeful that I could pull it off.
This week was the first week of the two-week session. It has been going so well, I may consider another line of work. Not really, but I am pleased to say that it has been successful so far. Mostly I've worked on helping the campers feel more comfortable singing in front of each other. Some of them are quite shy about it. I try to keep them laughing and, before they know it, their shyness is no longer in the way. We've played a couple of musical games and worked on singing tonal patterns to each other. Tomorrow, I will be doing my own work and already miss camp.
My granddaughter is also loving it and is already talking about going back next year. This year, they will be performing "Brementown Musicians" on August 30th at the Rotterdam Mall. The director has even written in a few extra characters to ensure that every camper has a part. They are learning different aspects of theater including lighting, make-up, acting and music. It is a great program with wonderful people running it, and I highly recommend it for any dramatic kids you might know and love.
I am always thankful for creative people around me. Today, I was surprised by a wonderful youtube video put together by a woman who videotaped a recent gig. It was so good, I watched it multiple times. I've posted it here on the video page, right at the top so you can't miss it. I have often moaned and complained about my inability to do everything. Recently I realized that I don't actually have to do it all. There are so many of us in the world who have a multitude of talents. We just need to share them with each other. I have been blessed to have people close to me who are photographers, videographers, writers, editors and other artists of all kinds. Many hands make light work. Let's all keep sharing our talents.