One of the hardest parts of leaving was deciding to put performing with my 1940s girls’ group, The Tonettes, on pause while we travel.
Two years ago, a group of us met nearly every day to work out in my friend’s living room. We sweated our little hearts out, and while we did so, our hearts connected. We started talking about how all of us have a performance background yet none of us were performing (nearly all of our local theaters closed, hence, nowhere to perform). An even smaller group of us, five, decided we’d get together on Saturday nights to sing through songs (and maybe even put on a little concert for our family) just for the love of singing.
Before we knew it, we had a name, The Tonettes (named after the instrument that resembles a mini recorder), we had a style (we decided on the 1940s because I’m ob.sessed. with anything 40s), and we had our first major gig, performing at our town’s Christmas tree lighting. Since then, we’ve done everything from singing valentines (a HUGE hit at Valentine’s Day) to birthday grams (complete with our own rendition of “Happy Birthday) to performing as the headlining event at our town’s huge 4th of July fireworks spectacular. We honestly never thought our little group would blow up into what it is now, but here we are, a year and a half later, still performing together.
Seth and I are in the process of slowly making our way in the Florida direction because in a little over a week, The Tonettes will be performing in Florida for the Save America Convention. Yep, my girls are getting flown out to Florida, and we are getting put up in a hotel. We plan on going to Disney World and Universal Studios–basically, we’re going to paint the town red.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to see my girls again. One of them can’t come because she could pop with child at any time, and I’m sure going to miss her. Over the past two years, these girls have become much more than people to sing with. They’re my sisters, my family, my community.
Can’t wait to see you girls!