Jessica was 24 years old and always wanted to be famous. She followed many soap stars and movie stars on the Big Screen and felt that someday she, too, would be famous. However, she thought that being famous was something that only happened to others but never for her. After all, she was just a “nobody” from Ohio and who would recognize any talent she had?
It was on a beautiful Tuesday morning and Jessica was singing like she always did in the morning before going to work. She liked working at Twing’s Guitar and Music Shop and she felt certain she would soon be promoted. Working at Twing’s gave her a great opportunity to sing at peak selling times between noon and two everyday. People enjoyed her singing; especially when she sang songs from the 40s and 50s. Being the only employee of Twing’s, she had a wonderful opportunity to sing her heart out.
With long brown hair, tall--about five feet eight and having a nice smile, she radiated confidence to all who came into the small shop and after working there for over five years, she knew all the customers and they knew her. There were several songs that the customers enjoyed hearing such as songs from the musical Camelot and songs from Brigadoon. One of her favorites that she sang often was “If I’d ever leave you,” from Camelot.
As she walked into Twing’s that Tuesday morning she felt a kind of premonition. It wasn’t anything concrete it was just a feeling that something unusual would happen that day. She looked particularly good that morning; with her long brown hair bouncing along as she walked and wearing a new blue dress that fit her well, she felt confident that the day would go well.
She completed her morning work and began preparing for the customers who would soon be coming in. It was Tuesday and often on Tuesdays they were busy with people wanting to buy lyrics for the new tunes that came out the past weekend. She looked at her watch and saw that it was 10 o’clock. She saw several customers outside looking in and within seconds, Joe the assistant manager, let them in. She went to her regular post in the middle of the store and began to work on an area where the classical music was stored. As usual, she began singing a song from Camelot. It wasn’t long before an older man approached the area. He stood there and listened and when she was done, he said,
“Haven’t heard anyone sing that song, “Camelot” for a long time. You’re quite young to like and sing that kind of tune. When did you begin singing such a classic?”
“My mom and dad loved classic musicals and I was brought up on them. I think I know every lyric to every song that was ever written in the 40s and 50s.”
“You have a strong voice and I have a buddy, Joey Portello, who is looking for someone to sing part-time in his nightclub on Elm Street. The place is called, “Classics for Everyone.” ‘I can’t guarantee anything but if he likes your voice like I do, you’ve got a job for as long as you want.”
Jessica smiled a smile that radiated happiness and surprise. Why even her cheeks seemed to glow even more.
The following day she dialed the phone number for “Classics for Everyone” and talked with Joey. He seemed hesitant at first but then he asked her to audition the following day. She did and after competing with several women who sang even better than she did, she put away her thoughts of becoming a singer and continued with her work.
On Friday, several days after the interview, she received a call.
“Jessica? This is Joey. I have some news for you. If you want to sing at my place, the job is yours.”
Jessica wrinkled her brow a bit but then said, “Yes! Yes, I will be there tomorrow!”
“How about coming tonight and singing some songs from Camelot?”
Before Joey could say anything more, Jessica put down her phone and was on her way to sing for Joey!
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