One can only imagine what goes through the mind of a 13 year old girl on any given day. Now, plop her down in the middle of a room full of people several times her age, not to mention that some are musicians who have preceded, or will follow her on stage. Then, contemplate the fact that she has come to perform music she has written herself in front of this group, perhaps for the first time. This particular girl's name is Skye Trull. She showed up Friday Nov. 16th, 2012 for the last Showcase of the year.
As John Paul McNeil, the host of the Showcase announced her, I watched Skye walk tentatively to the piano and sit nervously flipping through the pages of a well worn spiral notebook that obviously held many of her creations, to find the piece she had chosen to play. Her voice was hesitant and choppy betraying her nervousness as I asked her to check her mic. I too felt nervous for her and was catapulted back to my own teen years and brought face to face momentarily with some still vivid experiences with stage fright. As she began her song the room grew still.
One of the beautiful things about the "Showcase of Original Music" is