:: Guest post from Kira Willey ::
“Every mom I know agrees with me on this: the mom thing always comes first. Even if I were the president, I’m pretty sure I couldn't focus on universal healthcare and Gallup polls and such until I was sure the kids all had sunscreen on.
I am a stay-at-home mom of three, attempting to have a music career, complete with performing and writing and recording albums and everything else. How do I do this, what with all the newsletter-writing, rehearsing, Facebook-updating, and keeping in touch with one’s fans? The answer, like any other mom working at a “real” job or otherwise would say: you cobble it together, and some days are better than others.
Even on days when I have big shows, I spend much more time on the note for the sitter than I do on my set list...
Sometimes (ok, more often than sometimes) I wonder, what am I thinking? Am I not as good a parent because I am writing songs in my head all the time? But it’s who I am, and if I were prevented from doing music, I’d be unhappy and therefore not as good a mom, right? At least this is what I tell myself when I am wracked with guilt for booking back-to-back sitters to cover long rehearsals or sessions in the recording studio.
Then there’s the other side: at dinner, my oldest comes up with a brilliant song title, and we all start to work out the chorus, and everyone loves it. And at bedtime, my husband is rocking our three-year-old, and from down the hall, I hear them both belting out one of my songs. This makes me ridiculously happy.”
Kira Willey is a talented musician who appeals to all ages. You can read about her on my post here.
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