SINGING, DANCING, JEAN SKIRT-ING BY JULIA ELSMO

SINGING, DANCING, JEAN SKIRT-ING BY JULIA ELSMO

Fun fact: I’m am a classically trained vocalist.

Why is this relevant? Well, I’d like to share a little anecdote about my first real vocal performance.

At the ripe age of nine years old, my studio was having a talent content. As part of my vocal lessons, I was required to sign up for a vocal performance. Of course, I chose to sing “There’s Your Trouble” by the Dixie Chicks.

The necessary details are as follows:

I wore a floor length denim skirt with cowboy boots.

I was 125 pounds at age nine at this time… approximately four foot ten inches. (do the visual mental math)

I had to choreograph a stage version of a square dance step across the stage while I was singing.

I wore a cowboy hat and red lipstick. (Again, nine years old and pushing 125 lbs.)

I hope you’re getting a REALLY vivid mental picture, because I know the image of this memory is searing in my brain right now and triggering a mild form of PTSD.

But, what’s really the most important here is that I fricking KILLED this performance. I remember feeling a well of pride after this performance, and that I had truly accomplished something well beyond my comfort zone. Although I cringe that my family let me a) sing that song and b) wear that outfit, I cannot thank them enough because they didn’t, even in the very slightest, induce any feelings of bashfulness or ding my confidence. If a voice of judgement would have been heard, it would have hypothetically prevented me from having such a magical experience that I can smile about today.

Thank you, mom and dad.

Thank you for encouraging the floor-length jean skirt… and letting me march (cough square dance cough) to the beat of my own drum.  

DORM ROOM DANCING BY SAMANTHA BRATTLAND

DORM ROOM DANCING BY SAMANTHA BRATTLAND

LIFE OVER PAR BY PAUL JOHNSON

LIFE OVER PAR BY PAUL JOHNSON