Listening over and over to 78 rpm records on my living room floor as a little girl is where it all began - probably with “Lavender Blue”! Fifth through eighth grade provided time for singing the Latin parts of the mass at my church with the girls’ choir and making trips to the record store to pick up the latest 45’s.
Chorus in high school and college brought on show tunes and 4 part harmonies as well as time for swooning over the Beatles and Tom Jones.
Post-college days had 33 1/3 rpms of Steely Dan, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, Yes, Jethro Tull and The Who in my music library.
As a captive in my car on road trips, the cassette tapes belonging to my children brought the music of Madonna and Prince into my life.
Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne introduced me to the likes of Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, and oh yes…Maestro Robert Nance! Getting in on the ground floor of Heartland in 1997 taught me about beautiful a cappella singing, and I wanted every CD that the Dale Warland Singers and the Cambridge Singers ever produced.
I am one who hears a word or a phrase and must jump in with song lyrics to match. (Janice Furtner and I are often in sync!)
It seems that music has always been working in my life to change it for the better. It has even given me a full-time job in my retirement! Music will continue to be there for me.
- Fran Page, Office Manager