"We all just wanna be big rock stars, and live in big houses, drivin' 15 cars."
Reaching rock star status is a common dream of many, especially kids. Most of us at some point in our childhood had aspirations of being a famous musician. Some kids would give anything to be the next Justin Beiber, Hannah Montana or Taylor Swift. Very few would ever think of becoming a professional violinist.
For Willa Finck, Maura Shawn Scanlin and Ledah Finck, that is not the case.
Willa, Maura Shawn and Ledah are better known to the High Country as The Forget-Me-Nots. The trio plays violin and is backed on the guitar by David Finck, father of Willa and Ledah. The group released its third CD, "blooming," in June 2010.
The Forget-Me-Nots have been performing as a band since 2002, when Willa, Maura Shawn and Ledah were just 6, 7 and 8 years old, respectively. The girls started learning their instruments when they were just 2, 3 and 4.
The girls are now young women, and "blooming" exhibits the growth they've experienced since picking up violins as small children. Even at the first listen, it is apparent The Forget-Me-Nots dedicated their childhood to their trade. Their playing and compositions expose mature musicians who have spent their short lifetimes with few moments without their fingers on strings and bows.
"blooming" consists of all-original numbers, most of which were arranged by The Forget-Me-Nots. The Celtic-infused album is all-instrumental and all strings, featuring only the violins of Willa, Maura Shawn and Ledah, and David Finck's guitar.
Many of songs on "blooming" find their inspiration in the seasons. The music moves like a perennial plant, which grows and blooms in the spring and summer and dies back in the fall and winter. The bright "Catch a Light" and "Blooming/Cloverleaf Jig" fit sunnier, milder weather, and the calmer "Autumn Ball Waltz" and "Wintertide" are more suitable for dimmer, cooler days.
"blooming" affirms The Forget-Me-Nots have become exquisite, yet fervent performers. An example of their beauty is "Poet's Waltz," a lovely ode written by Ledah Finck to her grandmother. The longest and final song on the album, "Edge of the Sky" goes through several complex movements, culminating in exciting crescendo.
Naming their album "blooming" may be an humble admittance of The Forget-Me-Nots that they are but adolescents, and their art is at that juncture, as well. Even if the The Forget-Me-Nots are still in bloom, it cannot be denied that they can stand amongst the strongest and most talented of the field. What these three young women have the potential to accomplish in their adult stage will be of unquestionable magnificence.
"blooming" is an bold album featuring an astounding amount of talent. Those who enjoy Celtic, folk and even classical music will have a grand appreciation for The Forget-Me-Nots. Even those who prefer more contemporary music cannot help but be impressed.
Maura Shawn Scanlin and Willa and Ledah Finck have earned numerous accolades in their careers.
They've performed at Mountain Home Music, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and MerleFest, and have also shared the stage with the legendary Doc Watson. All of this they have done before graduating high school.
It is doubtful these ladies are playing their music for the fame or fortune extolled in the Nickelback song, "Rockstar." The Forget-Me-Nots may not ever sell a million albums a week or have their faces planted all over the jean rack at Walmart. The-Forget-Me-Nots want to be professional musicians, not American Idols.
If only more children would choose this respectable route, modern music might be more of an art and less of a farce.
The Forget-Me-Nots are online at http://www.theforgetmenots.com.