I remember when Leann Rimes came out with her album "Blue" and I absolutely loved it. I'd sing along with it, trying to get my voice to sound like hers, all yodel-y (seriously, watch it - the music video is hilarious) because I just thought she had the most beautifully strong voice. And, it was a nice switch from Mariah Carey, my other obsession at that time. I also remember when my mom said, "She sounds like Patsy Cline", and bought me Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits on cassette tape. Remember those days?
I'd sing along to both of those tapes, while alone in my room and I was absolutely sure no one else could hear me singing. I'm shy about singing in front of people. I think it's because I'm afraid of being told I really can't sing, and then I won't want to sing again, and I really LOVE to sing.
I'm digressing. Back on track.
Last night, while flipping through TV channels, and falling on the American Country Awards (how many country music awards shows are there?), I caught Leann Rimes being introduced to sing a tribute to Patsy Cline, on the 50th anniversary of her death, at just 30 years old. I felt my heart and stomach flip out of nostalgia and excitement.
I.was.floored. And, it was pretty special to see LeAnn get emotional towards the end. Despite her less-than-stellar reputation, I think she more than deserved this moment. And so do you.