to my mother, I began singing and dancing at the age
of four to "American Bandstand" and "Hollywood A-Go-Go"
on our black and white TV. Often I would entertain myself
by staying up late at night and reading and singing
to myself on the couch. About that time I also started
to pick out songs by ear on my grandmother's piano.
Grandma obliged by giving the piano to my parents. I
played through junior high school and then took up the
clarinet in band class and then gave that up for guitar
in high school. I could play the heck out of the song
"Sunrise, Sunset" as a lot of my Catholic friends got
married at guitar masses.Then
I stopped playing for twenty years until my boyfriend
(now husband) found a guitar in my closet. But,
back to the history.
in college and afterwards, I sang with the Northwestern
University Chorus in Evanston, IL; the Memphis State
Community Chorus in Memphis, TN; and then with the Houston
Symphony Chorus in Houston, TX. However, once I discovered
folk dancing, the symphony schedule was shelved to make
way for learning to sing and dance in 19 different languages
with the Houston International Folk Dancers.
met my husband (Steve Bing) at a folk dance party where
he was playing Cajun music. I took to Cajun music like
a crawfish to mud and tagged along with him to jams
and gigs learning to play Cajun-style guitar. I love
the music because it's happy music and I love the Cajun
people because they are warm-hearted people. I also
sing with the warm-hearted folks on the Praise Team
at St. Mark's United Methodist Church.