Posted February 15, 2018 12:01:23I used to think my friend Rita would be the first to say no, that’s how she felt.

Rita and I would dance to music together, and I think it’s the first time she ever heard me sing.

She told me, “You don’t sing, you’re just dancing.”

Then Rita was in my arms, telling me that she felt the same way.

But she was wrong.

Rita had just discovered me when I was a little kid and we started singing.

Now she knows me as Rita the Singing Baby.

I know her as Crystal the Crystal Baby, but she’ll always be Rita the Crystal Singing Mom.

We sang together for about 10 years and I never had a problem with her.

We had fun together.

I would do the singing, but we never did the dancing.

Rita would ask, “When will I be able to sing?”

And I would reply, “We’re going to have a baby.”

She was a real sweetheart and I could tell she was very happy.

I’m a singer-songwriter-songstress, but I can sing just fine with my arms tied behind my back, and my feet on the ground.

I have a soft spot for singing.

I grew up in a music and dance family in the West End, so I was always the first child to sing in the music room.

I was an early adopter of dance music and learned to do it all by ear.

I became the first girl in my family to sing when I had the opportunity to do so.

I learned the art of singing from my mother, but it was all a big adventure for me.

When I was in eighth grade, Rita sang with me and my sister, and the rest is history.

She was the only child to ever sing in a dance band, and she sang with all of us.

I didn’t realize how important that was until I was 14.

When Rita sang for my band, she was a perfect fit.

I think the biggest lesson she learned was that it was the right thing to do.

Rita loved her music, and we had a special connection.

My mom always said, “I can’t imagine life without you, and if you don’t love it, then it won’t last.”

I don’t think I’ve ever had a day like that.

Rita loved her children and her music.

She sang with them, sang for them, and sang for me, too.

It was a magical moment.

I’ve always known singing was a good fit for me and I’m grateful for that.

I’ve been singing since I was six, and singing with Rita was the most wonderful thing I have ever experienced.