Oh! The things I will never be! Parents are supposed to encourage their children and tell them the worn out line, “you can be anything you put your mind to”. This is not true!

I can never be a singer and I am perfectly fine about it. This is not low self-esteem or a lack of confidence. This is the cold, hard truth. To be a singer, a person needs talent. They need to understand music. Understand the mystical bond between beat and harmony. Know the flow of words, emotions, sounds and heart all together. Know what treble is.

It takes a special person, with a lot of heart to be a singer. It takes a unique talent lacking in most people to be the next great voice floating from my speakers. A person would need strength of character as well as strength of spirit.

The long hours and lifetime devotion is not a barrier for me. I applaud those who share these traits in any endeavor. I just do not see the point in trying to be a singer. My voice is wrong, I am tone deaf, I have no clue as to the difference between a C sharp and B flat.

My dad gave me a small tape deck with microphone when I was in third grade. He told me to go outside, sing and record myself. So I did. Once I listened to my first tape, I understood why he told me to go outside to sing.