A Little Blues

IMG_1675When I was 7, I began nagging my mother for guitar lessons. She endured an entire year of nagging before she decided that I must be serious.

And I was – I took lessons for 8 years and then played all through college.

I’ve said before that music saved me. Playing the guitar and writing songs gave me an emotional outlet and provided so much comfort.

I haven’t played as much since the kids were born and I miss it and try intermittently to get back to it but inevitably get distracted by a million other things.

I do love watching Zeca play, though, and I usually sit on the couch and listen to her practice. She looks to me for approval on some things and she needs me to understand her frustration with others because this is something we share. I was 7 when I began asking for lessons. Zeca is 7 now, almost 8. Synchronicity.

Last night, I sat on the couch with a glass of wine while she played “Amazing Grace” and then riffs from “Smoke on the Water” and “Sweet Home Alabama”. As her practice time drew to a close, she looked over to me and said, “Maybe we could play a little blues together?”

And so we did and I recorded it.

We are not ready for a world tour but I am going to put the recording here, tucking it away as a reminder of how much music can give.

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17 Responses to A Little Blues
  1. Eliza
    February 27, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    Awesome. That put a much-needed smile on my face. Thank you both.

    • Vikki
      February 27, 2013 | 1:10 pm

      May not be very exciting but I like knowing it’s here. Her little voice at the end makes me smile, especially knowing that she had a rough day at school yesterday (nothing major) but her day ended with this :)

  2. Jenny
    February 27, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    This brightened my day. I’ve been up since 4:30 dealing with all the snow. Music is my muse. It also has inspired me creatively.

    • Vikki
      February 27, 2013 | 2:33 pm

      I’m glad :)

  3. Shannon
    February 27, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    That’s just wonderful. I love when, as parents, we find parts of ourselves that we can share with our children. We are not overly musical in this house, but I have coached both of my daughters in basketball. This year I’m coaching my youngest while my oldest serves as my assistant coach. It’s been really neat to share that.

    • Vikki
      February 27, 2013 | 2:34 pm

      Yes. It just feels so right somehow.

  4. Casey
    February 27, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    This is great! I love the fact that you’re able to share music with your daughter, because it’s such a personal and creative practice. Thanks for sharing the recording.

    Take care,


  5. leigh combs
    February 27, 2013 | 2:11 pm


  6. GrandeMocha
    February 27, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    Very sweet!

  7. Sian
    February 27, 2013 | 2:47 pm

    SO awesome. I’m a music/art therapist and I LOVE reading posts like this :)

  8. e
    February 27, 2013 | 5:43 pm

    Treasure this.

  9. Alexandra
    February 27, 2013 | 11:11 pm

    Shared passions.

    I am blessed enough to have that with all 3 of my children. ANd I am grateful for it.


    SHe’s a beautiful girl, vikki.

  10. Deborah
    February 28, 2013 | 10:09 am

    There is definitely a gap in the market for lesbian mother/daughter blues duos from Minnesota. You may be on to something. I can’t wait to say I knew you when!

  11. Erin@MommyontheSpot
    March 2, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    I love this post! Thanks for posting!

  12. Lady Jennie
    March 3, 2013 | 10:18 am

    And you even talked in “lazy drawl” just like the blues. (Not meant for an insult). 😉

  13. dianne
    March 3, 2013 | 11:08 am

    I love this … thanks for sharing.

  14. Leslie
    March 6, 2013 | 7:32 pm

    I loved this. My son plays guitar, and I love hearing him pick his way through new songs and old favorites, and I am always so honored when he requests an audience for a one-on-one concert. How very special that you are able to play along with her.

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