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Today I choose to be a DOODLE

Today I choose to be a doodle When Yankee Doodle was originally penned, it expressed the arrogance of certain British officers who looked down their nose at the local-yokel colonists. These colonists had come to support them in the French and Indian War, but their informal dress, lack of polish, and ignorance of the rudiments of marching made them appear foolish to the British.

That happens today, too. In fact, I happen to have my very own DOODLE story. When I went to college as a vocal music major, I was assigned a voice teacher.  Sue was a classically trained soprano, delighted to display her prowess with operatic arias. When I walked in, as a long-haired, folk-singing hippie chick, she regarded me with a chilling haughtiness.  My attempts to sing classical music must have been a whole lot like the colonial militiamen trying to march in military step. . .not impressive. I will never forget when she said, with disdain, “Don’t quit your day job, Diana.”  It was a humiliating moment in my life.

The colonists knew what it was to be mocked by those who considered themselves superior. When it came to fighting in North America, though, what had seemed weakness turned out to be strength. With a gutsy humor, the Americans changed the words of Yankee Doodle in the early days of the Revolution. With wonderful irony, it was also played at the surrender of the British in 1781.

It became obvious I would never sing opera. But then, singing opera is not the only way to be a vocalist, is it? I joined three other musicians to create America: American history through folk music. Our homespun, toe-tapping approach to music is the very reason AMERICA is successful.

Many people have had a DOODLE experience—being told that they “couldn’t” accomplish something, but now excel in that field or another. What is your DOODLE experience?

Today I choose HOW to be a doodle
Reenvisioning Me
 

Comments 3

Guest - Karilee Hayden on Monday, 03 March 2014 13:57

Great thoughts, Diana! Thanks for sharing!

Great thoughts, Diana! Thanks for sharing!
Guest - Beth Dodson on Friday, 21 March 2014 02:02

HI Diane! Love this. Also wondering ... Can you comment back on the name of a book you mention in some of your conference talks... I think it might be Fred the Dog? A book you said has given your family lots of laughs.I would love to get it, but can't remember the name.

HI Diane! Love this. Also wondering ... Can you comment back on the name of a book you mention in some of your conference talks... I think it might be Fred the Dog? A book you said has given your family lots of laughs.I would love to get it, but can't remember the name.
Guest - dianawaring on Saturday, 22 March 2014 14:37

It was "Hank the Cowdog", Beth! :)

It was "Hank the Cowdog", Beth! :)
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