Ready to go
Posted By Sparta Live | August 9, 2010 12:00 am
It’s official. I’m back from my final vacation of the summer and am anxious to get the new sports season underway.
I guess I have a unique job because I was very excited to come back from Panama City on Friday and get to go right to work covering a football scrimmage. I considered myself lucky that the scrimmage was moved from Thursday until Friday so I could get to see it. (Thanks Mother Nature.)
Saturday night, I had the privilege of getting to watch Regina Coonrod’s CD debut concert. I am going to tell you right now that if you weren’t there, you missed out on something special.
The night showcased a lot of Sparta’s talented performers highlighted by Gina. We had some dancers, musicians and singers. By the way, Seth Alley is another young rising star. I was impressed with his vocal abilities also as he took the stage right before Gina.
I’m not sure if I can do Gina justice when I say she was awesome. She has always had a presence about her when she performed and it has only gotten better. The girl can flat out sing, but she also performs. She can sing any genre of music that you put in front of her.
She mixed the original songs from her CD with some popular songs from throughout the years. She covered everything from Jason Aldean to Janis Joplin to The Beatles to Bon Jovi and everything in between. She also threw in a little reggae with Matisyahu’s King Without a Crown. Her rendition of Joplin’s Piece of Me was phenomenal. And of course, she had to perform some gospel because that’s where Gina started wowing people in Sparta with her vocal talents.
Gina drew a couple of standing ovations on the night, but one of the biggest came when she sang her original tune, Tennessee, which is about growing up in the little town of Sparta. Playing in front of her family and friends made that song even more special. Also present were several of her former teachers, including her two music teachers, Gary Alspaugh and Shirley Acuff.
She also took time to recognize the members of our armed forces dedicating a couple of songs to current and former members of the military of which she is a proud member. In her own words, Gina says she loves the red, white and blue. She sang a couple of Toby Keith tunes, Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue and also American Soldier.
She ended the show with one of her original songs, Father Teach Me, that she said she plans to end each of her own shows with if she gets the chance to continue doing this.
I talked to Gina afterward and could tell just how much it meant to her to get to perform in her hometown and I hope she does get to do this again next year. As awesome as Gina sings and performs, she is that much and more awesome of a person. She is another one of those people that I feel blessed to have gotten to be a part of their lives through the years. I really think she can make it in the entertainment business as a solo act outside the Air Force because she is awesome. Whether she does or not, Gina will be a star to those of us who know and love her.
I do believe those of us who got to be there Saturday night will be telling people someday soon, we were there for her first solo show.