Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:10

Life of an Indie Artist St. Louis

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This last week was somewhat of a chill week. I was able to regroup my life a little from the chaotic previous weeks. I washed my clothes, cleaned my house, and worked on other projects. It felt good to relax a bit. Last week I was invited to sing at a former classmate's wedding. She heard me singing at another former classmate's wedding and asked if I could do the same for her. And I said yes, of course.  I have known the bride since the 5th grade. It is always awesome to see my former classmates doing well and enjoying their lives. Her wedding was at the Knights of Columbus in Cahokia, IL. It was a neat venue. There were sliding doors that separated the ceremony area from the reception area. Her wedding colors were very festive and tropical. Her bridesmaids wore a green, a pink, or a yellow dress. The dress had a strap on one side and was off the shoulder on the other. They all looked nice. Her decorations were green, pink, and yellow as well! The room was very pretty. The bride's dress was beautiful. The dress was cream with floral lace. There were beautiful buttons running down the back of her dress and the bottom of her dress had an umbrella-like opening with a train. She wore a beautiful hat instead of a veil. And she had “the girls” pushed up and ready to go lol! She resembled a Southern Belle.

So… a funny story… this all happened before I arrived at the venue. On the way to the venue I had a “series of unfortunate events.” It was extremely hot, for one. I was using my phone’s navigator to help me locate the venue. I had the phone sitting on my lap while I was driving. I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden my phone fell off my lap and underneath the seat. I thought it wasn’t a big deal. I thought that I would be able to reach it and I had no such luck. Then I thought maybe I could hear the directions from under the seat and yeah, I couldn’t hear anything. I just figured I would try to get my phone during a red light. Every time I thought that the traffic light would be red it would hurry up and turn green. Finally, I had enough and pulled the car over. I got out of the car and began to arm wrestle with my seat in hopes that I could reach my phone. It seemed like every time I reached my phone I somehow pushed it further away. Once I got the phone, my skirt ripped. Luckily, the rip in my skirt was not noticeable, thank the heavens. Once I got in the car, I noticed that I had dirt all over my hands! It seems like no matter how prepared you think you are, something always goes wrong. I was hot, sweaty, pressed for time, and now I had dirty hands. I’m such a lucky girl though. I made it to the wedding on time, I freshened up, I sang Etta James' “At Last” and they enjoyed it, and I was able to help an old friend out on her special day. I was not able to stay long during the reception but while I was there, she had some other live entertainment. She had a group of dancers from the Katherine Dunham Program in East St. Louis. According to “Katherine Dunham is probably best known as a legendary dancer who propelled the awareness of the cultures of the African Diaspora via her choreography. Her famous dance technique reflects a fusion of many cultures. Miss. Dunham was a true renaissance woman. She was an artist, anthropologist, author, activist, manager, movie star, producer, educator, wife, mother and so much more.” When I was a child I took theater and dance classes from the same company. It was nice seeing the dancers perform. And it is nice to know that program still exists. I enjoyed myself and I believe that weddings may be my next business venture. “Raye Cole the Wedding Singer” has a bit of a ring to it lol. Well, until next venture I am Raye Cole and this is The Life of an Indie Artist.