JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Music is a time machine

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Two nights ago, I was driving home from our final dress rehearsal for “Fledermaus.”  My car is still in the shop from the storm damage, and the forecast had been iffy because of the possible Nor’easter (which ended up being hardly anything here), so I borrowed my dad’s truck in case of bad snow.  (I didn’t want to risk it with my rental car.)  Daddy’s truck has satellite radio built in, so I decided to check out the offerings.  That’s when I stumbled upon the station that just plays songs from the 1940’s.

There’s something about that old recorded sound from back then – and the style of music – it’s just so… listen-able!  I sing a lot of music from this era when I do solo gigs with Mr. Musselman on piano – all the old jazz standards.  But having that time of solitude while driving home from rehearsal at midnight, I was taken back to a time in my childhood that was very special to me.  This particular music was from my grandparents’ era.  (Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop… my grandparents on my mom’s side.)

Growing up, my sister and I usually spent at least one weekend a month at our grandparents’ house.  We always had such wonderful times with them!

Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop had a clock radio in their bedroom, which was adjacent to the room Amy and I slept in – with an open connecting door between the two rooms.  Every morning, as they let us sleep in (truly a luxury, since our dad NEVER let us sleep in EVER while growing up at home), their clock radio would be playing as they milled about getting ready for the day.  They always had it set to a radio station that played all those songs from the 1940’s.  We got to listen to the big bands and the by-gone song birds: Lena Horne, Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby… I remember feeling happy, safe, and contented to hear that music all those mornings coming from their room.  I associated it with them.  It was my grandparents’ music – plain and simple.

So when I heard that music the other night, I was transported to a happy time from when I was a kid.  I felt those feelings of contentment and happiness.  And of course, again, I missed my Pop-Pop.  (But, as many of you know, he reminds me on  a regular basis that he’s never far from me and he’s looking out for me all the time.)  I finished my long drive home with a smile on my face as I felt the lovely nostalgia take me back to a simpler time…

Here’s a few pics from those simpler times…

I think this was 4th grade... right around the age of my first Disney trip.

I think this was 4th grade… right around the age of my first Disney trip.

Taffy was my cat from when I was 6 years old until he passed away when I was 24.  I loved him so much!

Taffy was my cat from when I was 6 years old until he passed away when I was 24. I loved him so much!

On the beach!

On the beach!

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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