Becoming A 'Rock Star' at 53...
Added: Sun. Mar 16, 2008 10:06pm
Posted in: Music
I go to prove that you are never too old to keep trying. Although
I have been writing songs and making music for over 50 years, it has
only been in the last year that I have been able to have my dream come
true - to record a CD and share my songs.
As a self taught guitarist, I come from an incredibly talented family -
each with our own style, but where the competition is fierce! I have 5
brothers and 2 half-sisters who have music and comedy running through
their veins. The Hawkins brood of 8 first performed in our living room
in what became a weekly family hour gathering. We were allowed to do
‘anything’ we wanted - when it was our turn. When it was not your
turn, you were to sit and listen quietly to the sibling ‘on stage.’ We
are still as respectful today.
I joined the Air Force in 1976, and soon began putting on my own little
USO shows, ”entertaining the troops, one dayroom at a time!” In my
last year of duty, I got up enough nerve to enter the Air Force Talent
Competition, a precursor to “Tops In Blue.” I won both the Base level
and the Command level in my category and found it thrilling to be good
enough to participate. Participating to me carries just as much warmth
in my heart as in winning. I also had the opportunity to sing with
Harry Chapin on stage when he came to Torrejon AB, Spain. Although I
thought no one took pictures of the event, 30 years later, an Air Force
buddy of mine just sent me the pictures. You can see them on my
website: www.cdianehawkins.net, under the BLOG page.
After the Air Force, I found myself settling into the real world,
working for corporations doing what I was trained to do in the service:
telecommunications, networking, and other geeky computer stuff. The
security of having a ‘real day job’ took away from my desire to pursue
doing anything with my music. I stopped writing for over 15 years.
After some life changing events, I found my passion to write songs
again. My style has changed just as my life has. I am on a more
spiritual journey, trying to find a better communion with God, and
accepting life as ‘an older person.’ My songs are more reflective and
Because I was terminated from my ’day job’ and because I am “never too
old to keep trying,” I released my debut CD in 2007, entitled, SEASONS
OF YOUR LIFE and am kicking off a concert tour, March 30, 2008, at Joy
MCC in Orlando, FL. Future dates are listed on my website:
www.cdianehawkins.net. You can also listen to tracks from my CD and
see what other projects I am doing under media productions. With the
amount of time I have been putting into my new career, I don’t know
when I ever had the time to do a real job!
OK, so maybe not a Rock Star...