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Witness Post: LVDY

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How do you feel with your youngest child busking on the streets of Denver? This dad says, “You go girl!” It is hard enough to discover a musical talent in the gene pool. It is more difficult by orders of magnitude to support them in their efforts to “make it” in the dog-eat-dog world of live and recorded music today.

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My wife and I went to see the latest remake of the movie, “A Star is Born,” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. As depressing as the male character of these movies and remakes are (be it James Mason, Kris Kristofferson, or Bradley Cooper), the heroines are magnificent and have so much talent it oozes from them (Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Lady Gaga). We wept at the story line once again, as we felt our lives as parents were being portrayed on the screen. Are we nay-sayers silently shaking our heads in the audience? Proud parents encouraging the brave choices? Can we recognize real talent when we see it? Are we open to the natural gifts of the next generation, as they choose big-full-nontraditional lives? Much to ponder and so many ways to respond.

We have much to learn as parents, just as our children have much to explore on their own to find their creative path to ‘success,’ whatever it looks like these days.

For now we want to show some love to the brave LVDY duo belting it out in the microphone on the dais. They are the thick-skinned performers in the arena. They are truly ‘daring greatly,’ as the saying goes.

Bravo to you!