This is the week in which I direct you toward the work of others. It's not that I'm at a loss for words myself; they just all happen to be directed article-ward this week. Today's featured blogger/artist is the mother of one of Aidan's close friends, the bookkeeper at our school, and once upon a time, she used to be on a little TV show called -- Ally McBeal. Vatrena appeared regularly as one of the backup singers in the bar frequented by Ally and her friends.
But, we are all more than one thing, and Vatrena King is so much more than this one role. The first time I heard her sing, she was emcee-ing an event for the school. We were new that year, and I was blown away by this woman's voice. As someone who "couldn't carry a tune with a forklift" to quote a good friend, I'm always in awe of those who can sing. And Vatrena can!
You don't meet Vatrena and think 'Music Celebrity.' Mini-vans, kids, scrambling to keep socks on feet and lunches packed -- her life isn't that different from mine (other than the voice, figure, and melanin differentials). We've even had long talks about goats. Yep, this former L.A. studio singer lives on a hill in Winters with her sons and an assortment of chickens and yes, goats.
How does one path lead to another? Well, that's a short story long. (you knew I'd get to the blog link sooner or later.)
If you haven't clicked over to any of these links -- I know, your mouse is broken, the cat needs to be fed, and you sprained your right index finger -- then check out this video below. This song never fails to make a bad day better for me, and it reminds me that life is a journey -- sometimes the dips in the road are as important as the destination. Enjoy!