What is one thing someone said to you that you never forgot?
There are a few things that I could write for this challenge, some negative some positive, some just random. I would love to put down something profound or inspirational that someone once told me, but honestly, I’ve never lived that kind of life. So instead, I’m going to put this:
“I think you’re going to be a vocal major in college”
This was said to me when I was 17/18 years old, by my guitar teacher at the time. He was the first person to ever tell me that I had talent in voice (besides the vocal teacher I had for two months when I was like…13). He was impressed when I first started playing guitar, but then I got depressed and started slacking, and then he decided he wanted me to pick a song to learn that I also wanted to sing.
I came into session that following week with the song, Lightweight by Demi Lovato, one of the few songs I still know how to play. He listened to it and the first thing we did was scales, both on guitar and vocal. He told me he was impressed at how quickly I was able to find the notes vocally. We spent the remainder of the session just playing the chords with no vocals.
The following week I came in expecting more scales. Instead, he wanted me to just start playing, start singing. So I did and a big smile came across his face even though I was embarrassed that I didn’t get it the first try, or the second, or the third. I remember saying, “I can’t get it” and he said, “but do you hear how close you are??” and then it clicked and I got it and I learned how to play and sing that song in a one hour session.
He knew that I wasn’t sure what I was doing with school in the future, we talked about a lot, he was a very laid back guy. As I was getting up and heading out the door to the main lobby of the music store, he said “I think you’re going to be a vocal major in college”. I just kind of…laughed with my head down because I was shy and really didn’t believe in myself then.
That one sentence is the reason I still sing. I may not do it outside my bedroom or my car…but I still sing and I still have some faith in myself because of that one sentence; because someone believed in me. He’s the reason I still learn new songs on my guitar. They may be simple, sure, but they’re something I believe in and something that reminds of that day.
Maybe some time I will sing outside of my bedroom or outside of my car, that’s up to me. The point is, someone believed in me and that is why that one sentence has yet to be forgotten.
Now I have to believe in myself…and that is a whole other battle.