“Dreams are…illustrations from the book your soul is writing for you.” —Marsha Norman, The Fortune Teller (1987)
I wrote a while back that one of my dream jobs would be as a yoga instructor at a beach; that way I could combine my favorite place to be (the beach) with one of my greatest passions (yoga). I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do when I grow up, so dreaming about the perfect day job has been on my mind.
I just recently had the opportunity to see the Lilith Fair Tour at Blossom Music Center. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a concert at Blossom, and it reminded me how much I love to hear live music. The performances by Court Yard Hounds, Mary J. Blige, Sarah McLachlan and the rest of the Lilith Fair 2010 lineup were incredible, and it was a beautiful balmy summer night to sit outside under the stars while enjoying live music.
As I sat watching the performances, I was reminded of one of my other all-time favorite dream jobs. I want to be a backup singer for a band. How cool would it be to stand on the stage behind a famous musician, swaying to the music and singing backup vocals? To hear the roar of the audience, to move in a sultry, choreographed style with your co-backup singers, wearing stylish outfits, traveling around the world, and performing each night to huge audiences. Yeah, I could handle that!
I just have one major problem with this dream-job opportunity—I can’t sing!
At the audition I’m sure I’d get an A+ in the dance moves department (I’ve got the Supremes hand motions and hip sway perfected), but the singing would be a bit of a stretch. I realize this shortcoming but, hey, it’s not going to keep me from dreaming. I’ll keep practicing my vocals every day in my car, with the radio blasting, and don’t worry I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon.
If you get the chance, I highly recommend Lilith Fair 2010, a true celebration of women in music.
Illustration: Nevit Dilmen
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