I spent the better part of Saturday afternoon in the studio with my 15-year-old step-daughter Chloe. I recorded her singing a song that she has loved ever since her mother played it for her – “Little House” by Amanda Seyfried. It was featured in the movie Dear John.
Chloe loves to sing in front of people, to be the center of someone’s (anyone’s) attention. She absolutely lives to sing in front of her mother and I, and does most nights before she goes to bed.
Another salient fact: Chloe has only a very tenuous grasp of melody and rhythm. In the life of a special-needs child cast into a world of more typical children, there are so few moments of joy. When she launches into another of her favorite songs and sometimes gets so caught up in the moment that she adds a few impromptu gestures, and checks for our accepting smiles, she has a fleeting moment of pleasure. Perhaps the only one she has had that day.
And so it was in fulfillment of a promise made several months ago that I sat at my console and recorded Chloe singing seven takes of “Little House”. She sang like a trooper, though with each take Chloe’s voice and attention grew a little more fatigued, and that tenuous grasp began to slip.…