Remember I posted a video some time back of my older daughter Ranya when she sang in front of her school Temasek Junior College (TJC) ? I was so proud of my sunshine Ranya who has been singing since she was 9 and has her most exciting moments only when she is on stage. Ranya loves performing. Nothing like it, she says.
Yesterday, my younger daughter Riya (featured above) did us proud too. Riya means singer in I don't know what language (maybe Hindi?) but Riya excels in playing drums. I believe she can sing as well but her first love is drums. I remember taking her to her first drum lesson in the Academy of Rock in Siglap when she was just 9. She didn't like the instructor. So we didn't pursue after that trial lesson.
While in America, she joined the Guitar Centre in Bluebell, Pennsylvania to learn drumming and she got a good instructor Dave who taught her well. Her interest deepened and we got for her a drum pad, a mobile pad like a big plate that she can practise her beats on. That bored her soon enough. Then, as a gift for her 10th birthday and under her persistance, she got the full accoustic drum set worth U$500. It is a beautiful black drum set. It is still in her room right next to her bed. Riya is truly gifted in her drumming. She is only 13 but she picks up beats so fast. Her idol is Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots.
Yesterday, she awed everyone in TJC during the annual Guitar Concert. She was asked to be part of the rock band of the Guitar Club called Morphine (I know right!) because a few people already knew her about her drumming. She was absolutely amazing, if I can declare as a proud mom. I kind of teared during her performance and halfway I started wondering what on earth are my two musically talented girls doing in academically oriented SG? Time to move again...
Strangers came up to her to compliment her on her awesome performance. One parent went 'You must be so proud of Riya' Of course, I am VERY proud of both my girls. Another parent went ' Both your girls are so talented - one is an amazing singer and another such a good drummer.' I was beaming with pride the whole evening. I wonder where they both got these amazing musical genes in them? I used to sing when I was a teenager but I mostly believe its their musician father who must have passed them on to them.
Congrats my honeybun, Riya. I'm so proud of you. You have always been different since you were 2 years old. You will refuse to pose for photos. You will throw tantrums when you didn't get your way. You cut your hair short when all your girl friends dared not. You love skateboards, BMX biking and of course your beloved drums. You make up for the son I couldn't have :)) You played to a crowd of 400 yesterday. Can't wait to see you and Akka Ranya perform in front of thr whole of Singapore! xx
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My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...