Every two weeks the camp had a "theme", and we would perform a showcase accordingly. Luckily for me, during my week with Jolene that first summer, the theme was Ziegfeld's Broadway, bringing us to the era of the 1920s. We sang songs and did group numbers of all kinds, but from my individual work she exposed me to the music of Gershwin, something that would stay with me for my entire personal and performing life thereafter.
In a long, flowing yellow dress, I performed "But Not For Me", which later became a beautiful standard in my repertoire. It was sophisticated for me, as I was barely 12, but it elevated my understanding of music and performance and I will never forget a word of that song. The following summer, Jolene's two weeks fell during the theme of "Italy". Then, she taught me the Italian Standard called "Mama", which I sang in both English and Italian. For a 7th grader, this advanced singing, in both style and language, taught me so much. This is another song, despite being in a language I do not know, that I will never forget a word of.