Over a month ago, my cousin Aimee had the brilliant idea of hosting a family karaoke day, where we could all get together and sing our favorite songs from Broadway musicals. Because we are a singing family, we have all grown up with a deep love for musicals. Oklahoma, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story, Les Miserable, Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, Carousel, Grease, The Sound of Music, The King and I, My Fair Lady and Calamity Jane are just a few family favorites.
We all got together over the weekend, to show off our musical chops and sing together. Some of us had practiced pieces and others were done off the cuff. And when I say some of us had practiced, I most definitely mean myself. It was a hilarious, sweet, precious, fun time together.
My Poppy is the patriarch of our family. I think we all see him as the cornerstone of our extended family and all of us have been shaped by him - his faith, his character, his correction of us, his love, his spiritual guidance. And of course, his musical talent. He is 82 and still has an incredible voice. He started us off with a performance of Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific.
Karaoke day 2.0 will happen again in December when my Aunt and Uncle and three cousins can join us for Christmas. Time to start practicing!