Testing the Waters

I was invited to a Halloween party last weekend. The theme was Famous Dead People. I chose a Famous Dead Person to help me safely test the waters of one of my dreams.

I dream to have a singalong where I play my ukulele in front of an audience who enthusiastically sings along with me.

I’ve been learning my favorite songs to sing and I’m getting better on the uke. The problem is my singing voice. It’s a little more pleasant than fingernails on a chalkboard. You know it’s bad when small children beg you not to sing*.

On Friday as I played my ukulele, I came up with the perfect solution to kill two birds with one stone. I would be able to play my uke and sing in front of strangers and have a unique costume for the party.

I’ve always been a fan of the absurd and ridiculous. So my Famous Dead Person was a natural choice. Tiny Tim was an absurd performer. His voice was ridiculous. And while I don’t really look like him, I can certainly sing like him!

Of course I was asked to play Tiny Tim’s signature song. I complied with gusto. The fact that I “was” Tiny Tim made me feel less vulnerable. I can “be” someone else and do things that scare me.

I’ll be Tiny Tim again tomorrow for Halloween, and I’ll play and sing his song again. I’m sure it will be even easier the second time. And who knows, maybe this time my audience will even ask for an encore.

*True story. I was teaching a Pre-K class some Christmas carols. One of the students said, “Miss Annie, please stop.”

Have you tried “being” someone else to make a dream come true? Leave a comment and tell me about it!

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