Passion....

What’s your passion? I think everyone has one – at least one. I have many. Papercrafting is a passion for me. It’s something I enjoy – something that tends to relax me. It’s something I do and sometimes it’s good – sometimes it’s bad, VERY bad. Being with and enjoying family is another passion of mine. Cooking, decorating, shopping – yep, all passions!

Another major passion of mine (and many of you don’t know this) is music. Music has always been an integral part of my life. For as long as I can remember, my father has made up silly songs (Daddys’ takin’ us to the Zoo tomorrow, etc) and has sung them to and with us while playing his guitar. My mother has played the piano for as long as I can remember too. I remember making my first solo singing performance in Sacrament meeting when I was eight or so in Heerlen, which is in the Netherlands. My first organ solo was before I was two – but that’s another story. We've always spent time as a family, during the holiday season crowding around the piano singing.

So, seriously, for as long as I can remember (and Steve will tell you I have too good of a memory), music has been a major part of my life. I’ve been in school choirs, community choirs, church choirs, show choirs, traveling choirs, and all other kinds of choirs. I was in a choir that sang “Happy Birthday” to the city of Berlin for its 200th birthday – with President Reagan in attendance. I was even a member of the now defunct Junior Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

I’m one of those people who LOVE to sing ALL the time. It’s irritated my family for as long as I can remember and the term “non singing car” or “no singing trip” or “no singing days” were probably created solely because of me (it could be because of my brother, Robert though. He’s a singer too). My co-workers used to call me “the Happy Girl” because I could often be found bopping around singing to myself.

The point that I’m trying to get to is that music rocks and I love it. Another Broadway musical has been made into a feature length movie. It’s Rent. I have been singing the song from the commercial to it for a week (Seasons of Love). I’m dying for the soundtrack but I’m holding myself back from buying it just yet. See, the problem is …. I love to sing along with movies – much to the irritation (I’m sure) of the theater goers with and around me. SO, if I wait to buy the soundtrack (I have the Broadway version already but it’s not the same as the movie soundtrack) until after I’ve seen the movie – maybe I won’t be so tempted to sing along.

I wish I had some of my Ohio girlfriends here in Texas. We’d go to see Rent, opening night – and we’d all sing along without caring what anyone else around us thought. Yeah, I know… It’s horrible. I can be so inconsiderate. But, man – what a fun time we’d have!!

Any of you Texas girls wanna go?
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