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Well I did it. I lost my mind, joined a band and have been practicing for more than a month to play out at a friend’s superbowl party. I have not sang (except of course in the car, the shower, the backyard much to the neighbor’s dismay) in years because i am afraid to sing in front of people. Pure and simple, i start to shake, my voice starts to shake and I just don’t have the confidence.

But this is my new journey and this past Sunday at half time, I walked right up and sang. Of course, there were a few drinks involved before I got up there but I did it. And, it was pretty good if I do say so myself.  

Started out with an easy song with few high notes to hit. It’s called Hard to Handle and is classic rock/blues song. I was way nervous and a little shaky but go through it. With that one out of the way, it was time to Only One by Melissa Ethridge. I have sang this song at least three hundred times over the past month and I was ready. Until I froze. I couldn’t remember the first line of the song. I just stood there like a total idiot trying to come up with the line.

The band was playing and when it was my time to come in, I just stood there. How could I forget the first line? So I stood there for what felt like eternity and considered my options. Do I run out of the room, get in my car and drive away crying? Do I fall on the floor and pretend to faint? Do I go run over to my lyrics and frantically search for the words? Instead of taking the easy way out...cry, I leaned over to my bandmate John and screamed over the sound of the band “What’s the first line?”

He laughed, Thank God and gave me my line. The band kept playing and I belted that song out. It felt so good. I hit every note and when we were done singing and the game came back on, I had lots of compliments from people, many of them friends who of course, had no idea I could sing at all.  

Wow, what a rush. I felt so good having done it. It was only in front of like 40 people so it wasn’t huge but it’s a step. Well I’ve got band practice tonight and we‘re hoping to actually play out at a few bars this summer. That’ll be another step i’m sure but it’s so worth it.  

Don’t ever let fear keep you from doing something you really want to do. It’s so worth it!

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