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Bruce Springsteen, guitar, singing, U2, voices

My New York debut

Many come to New York with a pipe dream. It’s fabulous to have dreams if we don’t get carried away with the fantasy and focus on our own strengths and passions to make them come true.

A few months ago I realised one of my own on the upper west side of Manhattan: I played guitar and sang in public for the first time in my life. When I first started to sing a few years ago it was a mystery to me what my voice would sound like, especially because my speaking voice is soft-spoken.

At the end of my performance of a Bruce Springsteen and a U2 song, complete strangers clapped and came up to tell me how they had enjoyed my “soothing” and “rich” singing and playing. I then repeated the feat at a house party last night where again – people I did not know – were hanging on each word I sang.

I am looking forward to developing my singing and playing further and discovering other parts of me that I only dreamed existed but which have become real in New York.

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About Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Herpreet Kaur Grewal is a newspaper-trained journalist, editor and commentator. She formerly wrote and edited a section for the social policy and politics magazine Regeneration & Renewal. She has worked for The Times of London and her articles have featured in The Guardian, The Observer and The Daily Express. She specialises in social deprivation issues, gender, human rights , arts and culture.

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