Why am I in love with the movie, Sparkle? I think this is my third time watching it on the movie channel in the past week. Maybe it’s because the music and the story make me want to dig out my demo tape from 1997. The one with two complete songs and about half of a third one. Back then, you needed at least three songs to make a real demo tape, but I got distracted and went to graduate school instead.
Yes, once upon a time I used to dream about being a singer. Then I decided that being a songwriter was more practical because I felt my voice was much too soft and fragile to survive a real live performance. Besides, I could write from anywhere in the world. I tried over and over to imagine myself on stage, but I was drawn to the freedom I felt that being a songwriter would offer.
Now here I am many years later, still believing my songs from way back then have great potential. Maybe I’ll pick them up, dust them off, and make them over.
It’s funny how dreams never really die no matter how hard you try to choose something else.