Music has always been a very big part of my life. When I was a little girl, I could sit for hours in the swing that my dad hung from one of the high branches of an old oak tree in our yard. I would swing and sing. Over the Rainbow and You Are My Sunshine were two of my favorite songs to sing, especially on days when I felt sad or lonely. Sometimes, I would just make up songs off the top of my head. There was something meditative about that swing. There was something comforting about singing, about music in general.
I made this slide-show of some of my nature photography accompanied by me singing Down in the Valley, a traditional American folk song. I’m certainly no pro when it comes to singing, but I still find it relaxing and a lot of fun. I was always horribly shy, but I have karaoke to thank for getting me out of my shell a bit.
Art and music were always my passions. They have helped me immensely throughout my life. Never underestimate the things you love to do because you may just find that those are the things that somehow offer you the strength and courage to get through the most difficult situations in life.