The Singer With The Lisp

There’s a singer on the radio who has a beautiful lisp.  I don’t know her name, kinda don’t want to except to download a song.  She started out with a gentle tune about adoring someone. In my mind, that song was always about adoring a child.  I don’t remember the name of the song, don’t have an intellectual relationship with music., but her voice was so unique it made an impression on me.  Her flaw, that captivating lisp, impressed me with that first song.

 
I want to live my life like her fabulous lisp.  Turn “mistakes” into nuances.  Sounds so freaking corny, but that’s truly what this journey’s about, isn’t it?  Finding greatness in our faults.

Other singers like Adele might have triple her range.  They’ll win every singing award, but this chic who doesn’t even have a name is the one I hope will be on the radio.  When I get in the car to drive Sam to school, her every inflection says that I’m “stumbling” perfect in my everyday ugly flip-flops.  Not the ones with jewels or flowers that I put on for work or to meet Leslee for coffee—those are beautiful in themselves.  I’m perfection in the comfy ones that are discolored above the right pinky toe.  My hair is still damp, my capris have a tiny tear behind my left knee, but I feel lovely when I hear her perfect,  imperfect voice.  And I will take my son wherever he needs to go–in our messy Honda with the crack across the dirty windshield.

So I guess that singer reminds me, the writer, to take my new mystery wherever it needs to go.   There’s a greater, more celebrated author out there, loads of them.  There’s certainly a slew of writers with better grammar, just ask my editor. But I can’t help but wonder if there’s a reader somewhere who needs to hear this story.  My imperfect voice might make an impression on her.

She won’t remember my name, but she’ll be captivated by a story about imperfect people, living lives full of “lisps”—but to her it will make strange sense. Inspired, she’ll climb into her messy car–the one with a dent across the front passenger door–and she’ll drive to New York or the local mall to try out for Broadway or a job at Radio Shack. She’ll smile when she stutters or lisps during the interview.  Her confidence will stand out.

Because her stutter is beautiful. It will inspire someone.

Lucie Smoker blogs at Reverse Perspective.
PS:  Since I wrote this, my son found that singer’s name and first song for me.
Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” on YouTube:

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12 comments

  1. Lucie says:

    Thanks for having me today. I still love that song and, while I appreciate my son figuring out who it was so I could download it, I can’t say I love the video. As usual I guess.

  2. Beautifully written Lucie, I’ve heard this song a million times but I don’t think I ever noticed her lisp because I enjoy the song so much. And aren’t our inperfections what makes us individuals?

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