I’m a singer. The first time I went to college – I majored in Vocal Performance with a Minor in Music Education. I play the piano and the violin. I always wanted to teach myself how to play the guitar – but never got around to it. In the late ’80s – early 90’s, I made a living as the lead singer of a local/regional rock band called “Tygress”. After two years – Tygress split up and three of us re-grouped, hired a few other musicians and formed a new band called “Kid Sister”. We did it for kicks – – we weren’t one of those serious garage bands who were aspiring to be the next one-hit wonder on the Top 40. Nah. We just had a blast doing Heart, Benatar covers – along with other miscellaneous female groups/singers of the time.
The band broke up sometime in 91-92-ish when we all grew up and decided to do something with our lives. Our drummer became a doctor. Our guitarist became a vet. Our bassist is doing techie stuff for IBM (last time I checked), our other guitarist is doing radio out in NYC on the S&D Show for EYada (last time I checked) and our back-up singer moved to Atlanta to do something…not quite sure what, though.
I became a nurse and a mother. I remain involved in music today – somewhat. I still play the piano…sometimes I use it as my therapy the way some people use Prozac. I also hire myself out as a soloist for weddings. I started by doing the weddings of family members and friend – – but soon, word got around and inevitably everytime I sing at a wedding – – one or two of the visitors has a wedding coming up, or knows someone with a wedding coming up, who needs a soloist for the ceremony – and I’m hired.
As a result – springtime can sometimes be a hectic and busy time for a soloist. The one thing I really despise about it is the choice of music for the ceremony. The money is usually pretty good – – so I just tolerate the crap that I have to learn and perform. I have a wedding coming up in a few weeks when I have to sing “How do you fall in love” by Alabama, “Grow Old Along With Me” by Mary Chapin-Carpenter, “Walk with me, Lord” and some other country song that I don’t know yet.
I grin an bear it because I’ll make about $500 for a 1-hour wedding ceremony. Sometimes I’ll have up to 8-10 ceremonies in a month, which makes for nice pocket change. I guess I’ll just be thankful that for this particular one – – I don’t have to do any Celine Dion garbage. I’ve done enough Celine music at weddings to choke a horse.