I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to cover the local musicians performing at Saddleback Saloon every Wednesday night, vying for a chance to earn $1,000 and a spot in the lineup at Sealybration.
First of all, it’s given me a chance to get to know some community leaders. Mayor Janice Whitehead, City Manager Lloyd Merrell and council members Dee Anne Lerma and Jennifer Sullivan attend regularly. The event is hosted by Sealy High School band director Rolando Cantu.
It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase local talent and give some musicians a chance to shine in front of a big audience. It drives the customer base at Saddleback – I haven’t been able to find a seat the last two weeks that I’ve been there – and it builds community involvement.
I love music. It’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother used to wake me up in the morning singing, “Rise and shine and give God the glory!” And it bugged the crap out of me, but it was just what we did. We had Country Music Television on while we did our chores. We were one of the first in the neighborhood to get a massive six-disc CD player.
But the sad part is I can’t sing. Or play an instrument. I failed miserably at piano lessons and I tried learning guitar because I thought it would make me cool. Reading music is really difficult, and it doesn’t come so naturally to some of us.
So I live vicariously through others and I sing along and tap my foot – probably not in time with the beat – and I cheer for those who the good Lord blessed with talent.
The final performances were held Wednesday night and the winner will be announced March 9.
I can’t express enough how exciting this opportunity is. I’ve actually been here long enough that this summer’s Sealybration will be the third that I’ve attended. It’s such a fun, diverse event, with vendors and a softball tournament and, of course, the live music.
The board members of the Sealy Community Foundation put in countless hours of volunteer time to make sure the event is flawless, and over the past decade it’s become a well-oiled machine. Proceeds from the event go toward the advancement of education and charity.
There’s just so much good stuff going on in Sealy and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to observe it.
April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.