Lessons in Lanterns

m-bgCGZqRb_b7DRek9BttggI brought in 2015 in Jamaica…watching hundreds sky lanterns floating overhead.  I felt the cool grass beneath my bare feet, and the soft, gentle island breeze on my skin.  Each lantern drifted with the wind, floating softly, creating temporary stars in the sky.

One of the lanterns drifted from away from the pack, and my friend said “Look!  That one is you.”

I thought for a minute about what my friend had said, and yes.  I’m THAT lantern.  The one that drifts away from the rest.  Charting a new course, venturing into the unknown, not certain which currents will carry or which currents will drop me.  All I know is I’m lit, I’m in the air, and I’m drifting.  I wish to make the world a more beautiful place while I’m up there.  Hopefully, when it’s my time to come down, I’ll land intact with little damage to my surroundings.

May 2015 send my lantern in the direction I was meant to go.

Author: PrincessOfParodies

The self proclaimed love child of Liza Minelli and Klinger, Traci Kanaan grew up in Berea, Ohio, a quiet middle class community on Cleveland's west side. Her Italian mother loved opera, dance and theater. Her Lebanese father loved stock car racing, flea markets, and dirty jokes. Traci combined these influences to make a comedy yard sale...with music. You've seen it before...but not on display like this! Traci started taking piano lessons at the age of 4. Never one to play it the way it was written, she constantly improvised during her piano lessons by making up funny lyrics or changing the endings, ultimately burning out 8 piano teachers before she graduated from high school. Traci attended Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and graduated with a B.A. in Music and Business, and with minors in Music Composition, Electronic Music, and Piano Performance. For her senior recital, she composed all original music, performed by other students. Each piece reflected her sense of humor, including bras being pulled out of saxophones, compositions performed on children's toys, and the staged death of a performer…assassinated by a ping pong ball gun. In 2002 and 2003, Traci performed in Tony and Tina's Wedding as the 8 months pregnant maid of honor, Connie Mocogni. She had so much fun, she continued performing stand up comedy and improv with some of the comics she met in the show. Traci continues her irreverence by creatively combining stand up comedy with her piano and vocal performances. She covers numerous topics, including her life and family, pop culture, and current events. Her performances include a wide spectrum of musical styles including classical music, oldies, rock 'n roll, country and rap. Whatever the occasion, Traci Kanaan combines her love of laughter and music as The Princess of Parodies. She is a real crowd pleaser, and an unforgettable, hilariously funny novelty comedy act!

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