Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Hey! Hey, I wanna be a Rock Star!
It's true........ but it's kind of a secret................but I guess now the cat's out of the bag!!!
I have been a musician from a very young age. I started taking Piano lessons when I was around 6 or 7 and carried on through to my adolescence. I ended up with a grade 10 certification through the Royal Conservatory of Music and even taught beginner students as a source of income while going through College.
I could play Bach and Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart, but deep down, what I REALLY wanted was to be a Rock Star!
If you can believe it (particularly for those of you who don't know me...) I was a bit of a ham from a very early age. It would be nothing for me to stage a production for company, playing the piano, singing and even doing Cowardly Lion impressions from the Wizard of Oz!
My mother tells me that before the age of two, I would stand in the shopping cart and as I spotted different items on the shelves that I had seen advertised on T.V., I would sing the commercial......................this is TOTALLY going to date me and hopefully someone will remember....................."Ajax, the foaming cleanser.......boom, boom, boo boom boom!!!!
And so it went on............I was BORN to be a STAR!!!!...............lol.........well at least I thought I was. Then came adolescence and I started to feel a little bit awkward with the show tune routine......however those who were used to my antics, would always ask me to sing. Because I only played classical piano and really wasn't a natural with the instrument, I asked my parents to buy me a guitar. That way I could have something to clutch on to, to ease the awkwardness that seems to go hand and hand with evolving into teenage hoodom...............teenagehoodem.......hmmm is that a word........well, if you've been there, I am sure you can relate!
In my head I had this vision of something sleek..............Like this Guitar that Jimmy Page was playing a Peavey Amp a very cool guitar strap.........and of course it was about then I started working on growing the Big Hair
In reality, I ended up with a really pretty second hand Yamaha Classical, wide neck and no pick up....soft and quiet, not conducive to Bring it on Home or a Whole lotta love, but like every new guitar player, I did learn how to play Stairway to Heaven and Hotel California. Funny, some things never change. I attended Jonathon's Christmas Music Concert (He is learning to play the electric guitar) and two of the songs on the playbill for the evening were just those two songs that I first learned!
I never really learned to be a guitar player, but rather played guitar and took a big shift back to Country Music, which I had been raised on singing along on numerous drives in my Dad's Truck. All those Old songs.......Haggard, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride were always easy to bluff with a three chord progression and to jazz things up, I could do some eagles and REO Speedwagon.
Never did become a Rockstar, but I suppose I was the headliner at the occasional campfire, I won a few singing contests here and there and actually played a few gigs with a Southern Rock Band in a bar to remain nameless to protect the not so innocent!!!! lol!
I still play a bit today on my own and when I have the opportunity to jam with some good friends. It Thrills me that at the age of 12, Jonathon is a much better guitarist than I ever was and I am learning to sing some great rock songs...........Greenday, Nickelback, without the pressures of playing and I kick butt at WII Rockband!
Now didn't that tag line evoke a LOT of memories.............anyway to the Project!
I wanted to create a masculine looking CD Holder for a friend whom I am making a CD of his favourite songs. I used this Tutorial from Splitcoaststampers to whip up this project quite quickly. The base cardstock is Night of Navy, the Metallic DP from the Rockstar stack and the Music note from Piggytales Old King Cole Collection. The image is from the Hanna Stamps Rock Star set!
And the WHOLE while I was making the project I was singing Sweet Home Alabama!!!!