I cannot believe it has been a month since I last posted- June literally whizzed past me!
~Closing of Big Fish
It was bittersweet to say 'see ya later' to this BEAUTIFUL and ASTOUNDING cast. After 7 weeks together..and six shows a week we became a family. They truly are some of the best kind of people and performers that I have ever had privilege of sharing the stage with. Here are a few pics from the closing weekend:
~Singing for Friends and Family~
Happy Birthday to 3 very special people!
Party #1. Happy 50th Birthday Ravi!
At our first Neighborhood party of the summer in Evanston, I was nudged into jumping in with the band to sing one for Ravi Baichwal's 50th B-day party. (complete with canine admirer)--- "Besame Mucho" never felt so good! Pulled up the words on my cell phone, and jammed away with these guys... : )
The Baichwal family is our family, I sing for free for these folks.
Party #2. Happy 99th Birthday Nannee!!!
I cannot believe the amazing things my amazing grandmother has seen and been through in her just-shy-of-a-century lifetime. I go to visit her in Ashland City, TN (outside of Nashville) as often as my schedule allows. I usually sing for her and the residents at her senior home every day that I can while I am there. They love folk songs, hymns, and of course the Great American Songbook that I always bring along.
This time was special, my brothers,and sisters and Family were all able to sing to her together this time. We had a Sampson family reunion there to celebrate her 99th birthday.
The emotion in the room as my siblings and I sang was so thick you could have cut the air with a knife. We love Nannee. Ethel Kurtz is the fiestiest, sassiest, & smartest southern belle ever known to Nashville.
Party #3. Happy 29th Trent!!
Last but certainly not least, Happy Birthday to my dear husband, Trent Sparrow. We spent the last 10 days in Idaho-- hanging out with the Sparrow clan and breathing some of the freshest air, viewing some of the best sunsets our sky has to offer...fishing, hiking, ATV-riding, and campfires abound in beautiful rugged Idaho. Also spent one morning arranging another solo a capella hymn "I Stand All Amazed" to add to my recording/transcription project. Was asked to sing it at Trent's brother's church on Sunday while we were there.
Took this little snapshot along the way. Just looking at this vista would make ANYONE burst into song.
The best performances are the ones where loved ones are present. These are the ones that truly matter.
"Becoming a mother changed me. I have more love, passion, and fulfillment in life; which in turn, enriches my artistry. Please join me in normalizing motherhood within the performing artist's culture."
- Rachel Sparrow
Rachel Sparrow is a professional singer, musician,(violin, piano, ukulele) actor, teacher, arranger, writer, and most importantly: a wife and a mommy of two littles. She loves to help parents make everyday life musical with their kids as well as share backstage stories, and performance experiences here. She earned her Master's degree in Voice Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds two Bachelor's degrees in Voice, and Music Education (certified to teach k-12 vocal & instrumental music) from Idaho State University. She is also a certified Music Together Director (music class for birth-5 yrs). See about Rachel.
"Think Outside Your Box" means 3 things:
1. Be Selfless - think beyond your own "box". (and for singers, there's more to life than your voice box!) You're capable of helping and healing others.
2. Feel Empowered to bust out of the proverbial
"box" made of societally-induced-parameters.
3. Be Bold. Innovate. Stretch yourself. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.