So this is my very first blog entry for Brilliant. I have been wanting to keep a journal about this experience for the last year and half so I’m glad I’m finally getting around to it. I think this is actually perfect timing to begin writing this blog because last night I was at an event where a woman spoke about happiness. She actually has a Masters degree in happiness if you can believe that. Anyway, the audience was filled with woman ages 40 – 6o and for most woman this age, the speaker said happiness means finding a purpose. I sat there listening to this woman speak and I thought to myself, “I got this. I’m there.”
This show is my purpose. It is all I think about every waking moment (and many sleeping moments as well). I work on it whenever I can. I have no choice. Writing a musical, I think, as always been my life’s purpose. I clearly remember being about 6 years old, baseball and glove in hand, throwing a ball around on my front lawn while singing scenes from some made up story in my head. Any time throughout my educational career, if a teacher was wiling to accept a song in place of an essay, I was on it. Putting stories to music is what gives me the most joy, the most fulfillment. Creating a full length musical for the stage is a daunting task, especially when you are a busy mother of three, but when you have no other choice but to create it, you make it happen.
For many, many years I did not have a minute to even look at a piano. I had three young children, one of whom needed alot of extra care and attention. There were many years that were extremely difficult and my personal happiness was put on the back burner. Now what is so amazing is that unbeknownst to me, those years would prove to be my greatest gift. The memories of all difficult times and those emotions, they were all being stored away until I finally would find the time to return to the piano and begin writing again. What came out was, and is, what I feel, a beautiful story of a mother, father, and son. I have found how to make lemons out of lemonade.
Thank you for visiting my blog. From here on out my entries will most likely keep you up to date on the business side of things. There is so much happening, it’s very exciting! I also will go back and tell you how I even got to this point for those of you who are interested. But I think this is a good start. Thanks for reading and for coming along on the ride of Brilliant the Musical!