Tangled Up In Frozen

I believe I was about four years old when my parents first took my older sister and I to Walt Disney World. I lived in the blue Cinderella nightgown they bought me for weeks after the trip. When I met Cinderella, my parents said I cried and gave her the biggest hug ever. Each time I have gone back I still tear up when I see her. The whole place makes me tear up–it truly is magical. When TinkerBell flies out of the castle at the end of the night, the World Showcase light show over the water at Epcot, seeing Peter Pan running around FantasyLand and by the time you notice him he is gone…this list could go on forever.

I am always reading up on the secrets of the park and I have used research papers and presentations for school as an excuse to learn more about Disney. One of my favorite papers I wrote about Disney was called “Feminism in Fairytales.” I discussed how I believe Ariel, Belle, and Mulan are independent and confident young women who act as good role models for girls. So many people bash Disney for ‘too good to be true’ story lines or submissive and powerless characters. True Disney fans know that it is just not the case.

Last weekend I had the privilege of being Rapunzel from Tangled for the night. I work at the Edwardsville YMCA and we had a princess themed night for little girls. All of the Disney princesses were there for the event and we read stories and took photos with everyone there. It is so fun to see the youngest generation still watching the older classics like Cinderella and Snow White. I surprised myself with how much I got into the character. I was probably an awful actress but the 4 and 5-year-old girls really thought I was Rapunzel. I felt like I got more hugs that night than I ever have in my life.

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I also recently recorded ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen. I had been meaning to record this song for weeks. I finally saw the movie over spring break and it has such an awesome storyline. Anna and Elsa are strong female roles that do not succumb to the typical ‘end up with Prince Charming love.’ They realize that the true love needed to bond them together and to break the winter curse is the love they have as sisters. The music is AMAZING. I knew all the songs before I even saw the movie. Here is my cover of ‘Let It Go.’

 

Royals & Then Some

Last Friday night, my friend and I played an acoustic set at Edison’s in Edwardsville for a few hours.  I have lost track of how many times we have played there, but it is always a fun time. We had another great turnout of family, friends, and people just wandering in for a drink at the bar. Next up for me are some dates on campus, but this time with a piano player.

More importantly right now, though, I am focusing on getting some of my originals finished and recorded. One is very jazzy and mellow, the other is more of a happy, pop song. Both of these have been in the writing for at least 4 years now, just dying to be heard. I have been doing covers for far too long. It has come to the point where I want people to hear my own songs that I write.

The first time I sang in front of people I was in 5th grade. Turning 21 made me realize how fast time flies. If people are going to take my music seriously and not just consider me a YouTube cover girl, then I need to let the world hear my own stuff. So stay tuned and I will have some of my originals posted on my YouTube channel soon!

In the mean time, here is my newest cover (Yes, I’m still going to be hypocritical and post covers in the meantime). It was recorded at Edison’s.