The Postscript - Jul 11, 2019 - Singing Lessons

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I’m having fun singing.  

I started singing lessons a few weeks ago. My teacher lives out of town, but every other week she teaches in her parents’ house—the house she grew up in—just a few minutes away. So, I drive to a little house in the suburbs, meet her parents’ two friendly little dogs, (“More people! So exciting!”) and take an hour-long voice lesson in my teacher’s childhood bedroom. 

I stand next to an auxiliary refrigerator, put my purse on a storage cabinet, and face my teacher, who brings a portable keyboard for the occasion. There’s not a lot of space. 

“I can’t believe I used to sneak out of that tiny window at night!” my teacher marvels, pointing to the one small window in the room. 

But even if the surroundings are not exactly glamorous, the singing has turned out to be a lot of fun. 

My teacher says I have a perfectly serviceable voice—and I am 100% sure she says this to all her students—but I still find it reassuring. And, honestly, even if I haven’t improved a whole lot, I do feel considerably more confident—which, all by itself, probably makes me a better singer. But my teacher is not satisfied. 

“You need to sing in front of people!” she said, at our last lesson.

“Oh, I don’t know about that…”

You should sing for your friends!” she went on.

“Ha! I don’t even sing when my husband is in the house!”

“Oh, you must sing for your husband!” she insisted. 

“I wait until he’s gone out,” I explained. 

We talked about this a little more. I am going to do a small Christmas program in town at the community arts center. It’s an old log building with a high ceiling and it’s always decorated for the holidays. I suggested (somewhat timidly) that since I was doing Christmas readings with a musician I could, in theory, sing—just a little, maybe a chorus or something…

“YES!” my teacher said, with way too much enthusiasm. “That is exactly what you should do!”

Now I felt committed. It was only a day or two after the solstice, there was no air conditioning in my teacher’s tiny former bedroom, and there we were, talking about Christmas music. 

“You don’t need to worry about it,” my teacher went on. “I used to have my students sing there all the time. That building has seen it all!”

I wondered what sort of epic disaster my teacher was imagining my singing might precipitate. She didn’t leave me wondering long. 

“I’ve had students throw up in front of the audience. I’ve had them burst into tears. I had one little girl who started rolling the hem of her dress up until she’d rolled it all the way up past her underwear!”

“I wouldn’t do that...” I assured my teacher. 

“Don’t do that!” my teacher said, unnecessarily.

It reminded me of the dance lessons I took as a young person. In spite of an obvious lack of talent, my dance teacher was always encouraging. “If you keep a big smile on your face, they’ll never even look at your feet!” she said. 

Apparently, singing was similar. If I could resist the urge to throw up and roll my dress up over my underpants, all would be well. 

I know I’ll never be a great singer but it’s fun to get a little bit better at something that terrifies me. I said goodbye to the little dogs and left, Christmas tunes in hand, a song in my heart. 

Till next time, 

Carrie

POSTSCRIPT

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COURT

Traffic Court up to September 2019

Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]

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On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03.  Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]

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May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]

Traffic Court for April 2019

James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Brandon and Fugate Sentenced

Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Aug 15, 2019

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