Seems like everywhere I turn these days, I hear some little girl trying to sing "Let It Go" from Disney's new animated musical "Frozen." They all want to sound as accomplished as Idina Mensel. Dance classes, voice lessons, talent shows, YouTube videos, you name it. My daughter even related this cute story about her daughter and the impromptu talent show performance.
Their Ward had a Talents and Hobbies Activity and Breakfast a few weeks ago. People signed up to share a talent or bring a display of their hobbies. They enjoyed a morning with a pancake breakfast and leisurely touring the displays, then came the talent show. The Primary children sang as a group, and then came some solo acts, and for the finale, the Youth were to do a lip sync to "Let It Go" from "Frozen." Each teenager had a silvery scarf bracelet to wave during the chorus of the song. (The leaders had actually prepared more elaborate costumes, but the Youth refused to wear the other pieces.) The music started and the youth made their way onto the stage. But there was an extra little scene stealer among them. Little 3-year-old Megan had somehow weedled her way into getting herself a scarf bracelet to join the youth on the stage. She didn't understand though about the lip sync. She sang out the song with gusto and gave quite a performance, upstaging all of the teenagers. No stage fright for this girl and she knew all of the words and sang all of the notes on pitch! Way to go Megan!
As fun as seeing all of the displays and enjoying the breakfast was, Megan's little impromptu performance became the talk of the Ward. My daughter was at first mortified that her little girl got onstage without her knowing about it, but what mother could not be proud when everyone congratulated her about how darling her little show-stealing daughter was?
I am so pleased that there are songs out there that capture the imagination of children and give them confidence to soar to new heights. I just hope that teachers and parents will take the challenge to give those children some training so they can sing on pitch! I have already heard too many out-of tune renditions of this song. I think that is what amazed the people in my daughter's ward so much. Megan, at 3 years old, has a wonderful sense of pitch! This is a proud grandmother talking!
My name is Betsy Lee Bailey. I enjoy singing and writing all kinds of music. I have performed and directed or taught music all of my life. This blog is dedicated to all of the people who have been encouraging me to write about my experiences.