Living the Dream

Living the Dream

When I was about 5 years old, I remember being on a car ride with my parents and singing along with the radio. It was one of many car rides, but on this particular day, as I sang from the backseat, I remember my mother, a wonderful musician in her own right, turning to my father and saying, “Wow, she has really good pitch.” It was the first time that I had ever heard the word used in that context, but somehow, I knew exactly what it meant; it meant that I could sing. I don’t remember being surprised by that knowledge, but I do remember that I suddenly began to sing with more confidence and more joy.

As a lifelong singer, I have compiled an extensive list of songs that I long to perform. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to sing many of them but there are still countless others on my “dream set list” that are relegated to only being sung in the shower. Now, I love a good shower concert as much as anyone, but for me, it pales in comparison to singing a song that I love and sharing that experience with an audience.

One of the joys of being part of a community like UUCC (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia) is that it is a place that encourages us to share our individual gifts and so, I was thrilled (and a little terrified) when Tom Benjamin, Minister of Music Emeritus, asked me to sing at a UUCC service for the first time. I had given up performing professionally several years prior and I wondered if I would still be able to perform effectively outside of my shower. Over the years, I have been so grateful for the opportunities that Tom and our current Minister of Music, Michael Adcock have given me to be part of the music ministry at UUCC. Sometimes, I am asked to sing a particular song and sometimes, I get to choose a piece. On the weeks where I get to choose, I comb through the songs on my “shower set list” to see if perhaps one of them is a fit for the service. It is a particular thrill when I discover that a song that I have been longing to sing for many years will finally have its moment. And so, every so often, you will find me on Sunday morning, on the UUCC chancel, (quite literally) living the dream. Live performance is always a bit terrifying, but oh my, there is nothing quite like the high of doing something you love, in a place that you love, surrounded by people that you love.

So, I wonder, what’s on your “shower set list?” Obviously, not everyone has compiled a list of songs that they want to sing but I wonder if there are gifts you might be longing to share. What stirs your passion? What are the ways in which you aspire to contribute (make a difference)? In our faith community, there is room for all of us to live the dream.

With Gratitude,


  1. Betty Myers

    Kelli, We are the lucky ones who get showered with your music! Thanks for sharing your gifts width us.

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