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Unexpected Route

I never could have imagined that my next musical venture would come courtesy of my dad's songwriting buddy in the form of a Roy Orbison tribute band, but that's exactly what seems to be unfolding before me.

In an effort to remain open and to surrender to the unpredictable magic of a full life, I said YES without even really knowing who the heck Roy Orbison was. I was just so happy to have an opportunity to make live music with truly talented musicians.

For those also unfamiliar with Roy Orbison, think "Pretty Woman" and prepare to be blown away by his legendary accomplishments in the music industry. Roy Orbison's contributions to music are nothing short of extraordinary. From his inductions into multiple prestigious halls of fame to Grammy Awards and a lifetime achievement recognition, his impact on the industry is undeniable. As I dive into his music, I find myself gaining a profound appreciation for his songwriting skills.

Behind the scenes, our rehearsals are filled with laughter, camaraderie, and moments of pure joy. As we delve into the songs, we also make time to let our creativity run wild. Being part of a tribute band has some surprising advantages, too. Not only do I get to immerse myself in the creation of live music, but I also have the chance to fine-tune my ear for harmonies, experiment with era-specific fashion, and even showcase my developing skills as a harmonica player. Yes, that's right—I'm rocking the harmonica in three or more songs on our set list! The band members I have the honor of performing with—Bob and Lisa Peek, Denny Francis, Jason Tandeta, Joey Periera, and Nadine Ronson—are all incredibly talented individuals. It's a humbling experience to share the stage with them, and I can't help but wonder if my dad, had he been here, would have been a part of this incredible group.

Life often leads us down unexpected paths, and my journey with this Roy Orbison tribute band is a testament to that fact. Here goes nothing!


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