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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Back To the Beginning of Queens Over Kings

Hold on folks because we are going back to the beginning of Queens Over Kings including a terrible video, blurry picture, and teeny, tiny versions of all of us! Okay so maybe it's not that far back. I mean, it was only five years ago. But still, when one takes into account how we've changed our perspective on QOK there is quite the developing story here, reminiscent of a rolling snowball. The concept just keeps getting bigger, and admittedly sometimes out of control. It's definitely not always rainbows and sunshine around here. But that's a post for another time. Instead I want to talk about how the band came to be and why it's worth knowing.
Relay for Life stage

There are some important layers to how everything came together, such as Jerald falling in love with the guitar and Hallie asking for a drum set and having people like Kevin who believed in us. There would be no Queens Over Kings without these, and other, small pieces of the puzzle. Kevin would be further responsible for one of the defining moments of the band: our debut, if you will, performing Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" to ten people on high school track field for a local Relay for Life event. Please don't be a hater when you watch this video LOL.


The day was a hot and humid one like any other Northern Virginia summer day. We had unpacked everything in the Suburban for the one song. "Don't Stop Believing" had been the perfect choice since the song is such a classic and it allowed each of us to have a part. The funny thing is we don't like playing that song anymore and yet we owe everything to it. Being on stage for those brief three or four minutes lit a small spark in us. The potential for music to be something we actually do clicked and from there everything sprouted. After this performance we created a dedicated practice space. For the next few years we spent the Summer casually playing around the area, opening for Jamie Grace and RDGLDGRN. Then this year we brought it all together. We started working towards making this a real deal. Three months down with many more to come. I'm excited, and curious, to see how it progresses.

So long story short one day I'm a substitute teacher in Ogden, Utah and the next I'm back home in the Washington, DC area as an aspiring musician. The decision to move was by no means an easy one, however even amidst the uncertainty I can say it will be worth the stress. My dreams have value. As I look at my life I think it is so terribly ordinary. I'd go so far as to say that I've accomplished very little, if anything at all. I struggle with terrible self-perception. What's more is I enjoy WAY too many things to choose only one to define me (though I wish with all my heart that I could). This makes recognition of how I contribute to those around me difficult to recognize and understand.

Everything the Light Touches exists to celebrate and share my small successes so that I may learn to overcome that feeling as well as appreciate myself a little better. I know I am not alone in the desire to feel my presence makes a difference. This is to be a place of encouragement and recognition of the steps that add up to the ultimate goal, whatever you choose it to be. I choose to be in a band, to be a wife, to be a blogger, to be a believer in God, and, like I said earlier, plenty more. As an example, being in a band with my siblings keeps me going, it gives me purpose; it allows me to feel useful, creative, and special. That's what goals and dreaming is all about. Your expectations and passions make you unique. Follow through on them because no one else will. If you have something you have always wanted to try I must tell you to go and do it! And if you're looking for a boost sign up for the ETLT email list or follow along with me online using the links below. Good luck!

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6 comments:

  1. Your story is encouraging. Thanks for the reminder to keep trying, believing, and dreaming. Wishing you and your siblings much success.

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    1. Thank you so much Latonya. That's what I'm hoping for :)

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  2. This is an awesome post! I love looking back and seeing how I far I've come--I'm always amazed at how much I've grown, even if it felt like I was going nowhere while actually in the process. I so wish I were musically talented because performing seems like so much fun. I wish you all of the success in the world with QOK!

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    1. My thoughts exactly! I'm so anxious to move forward!!

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  3. That is such a great motto! What a fun Journey ;) your siblings and you have been on! :)

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    1. Haha great reference. Looking forward to sharing more of the Journey (lol) as it unfolds.

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